Brampton Area South Asians Raise $2.3 Million for Hospital, Emergency Wing Named After Guru Nanak

December 16, 2005

Source: The Brampton Guardian

On December 16, 2005 The Brampton Guardian reported, "A recent fundraising effort over the airwaves led to a flood of donations for the William Osler Health Centre. In seven days, Brampton's South Asian community raised $2.3 million for the hospital, nearly $1 million of it in the first 90 minutes alone. 'It truly was a tremendous outpouring of generosity from listeners in the Canadian Sikh community,' said Maureen Flanagan Pool, WOHC director of development and new initiatives. 'We had calls coming in from across the GTA and from as far away as London, Cambridge and Ottawa.' From Nov. 15 to 22, two dozen local radio stations-- mostly Punjabi-- dedicated their programs to raising money for construction of Brampton's new hospital. According to organizer Manjit Singh Sahota, a local radio personality and Osler foundation board member, there were individual donations as well as 70 room-naming gifts of $25,000 apiece. The local Sikh community has now drummed up more than $3.45 million of a $10-million pledge made earlier this year, when hospital leaders announced the emergency department at the new facility would be named after Guru Nanak, founder of the Sikh religion."