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Raising funds for The Royal – Mental Health & Research

Contact: Sid Kumar, President, Network of Indian Professionals (NetIP), Canada

Cell: 613.620.2074, Email: twitter: @sid_ottawa


Raising funds for The Royal – Mental Health & Research by Professionals of Indian descent while celebrating The Festival of Lights, Diwali


When: Friday, October 26, 2018


Where: Infinity Convention Centre


Ottawa, October 22, 2018 – In celebration of Diwali, the festival of lights, the Network of Indian Professionals (NetIP), will host its 8th Diwali Gala as a fundraiser for the The Royal Hospital and Research presented by RBC at Infinity Convention Centre, Ottawa, on Friday October 26, 2018 from 6:00 PM onwards. “We will be honouring some fine and accomplished individuals: H.E. Vikas Swarup, Indian High Commissioner to Canada, Dr. Uma Kumar, Director, Research Centre for Technology Management at Carleton’s Sprott Business School and Dr. Nalin Bhargav, Dentist of Ottawa Redblacks, Dr. Raman Srivastava, ADM at Dept. of National Defence, Fayez Thawer, MD, Tassico Hospitality. The Gala will be attended by over 300 professionals, business leaders and entrepreneurs. Evening’s emcee will be Dr. Supriya Sharma, Chief Medical Advisor to Deputy Minister, Health Canada.


The evening will feature auctions, which will include fine dining with British High Commissioner at her official residence Earnscliffe, home of Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A MacDonald, a week at a Yoga Resort in Goa, India and many more. Multi-station cuisine from different regions of India, colorful and vivid selected cultural performances, photo booth, and sparklers that will woo attendees dressed like Indian prince and princesses. The gala will showcase diversity and ethnic richness of Indians in Canada. The Gala will raise money for ‘the Royal’ but more importantly, it will raise awareness around mental health which is missing its acknowledgment in society in general and ethnic communities in particular”, said Sid Kumar, President and Chair of Diwali Gala committee.


Celebrated throughout the world, Diwali, also known as the great “Festival of Lights”, is symbolized as ‘bringing light over darkness’ and celebrated with wonderful traditions that include the offering of Indian sweets, exchanging of gifts and the lighting of candles or lanterns to wish one another a prosperous and healthy year. It brings together individuals of all backgrounds to celebrate the joys of life with zest and the victory of good over evil. Diwali is a national holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Guyana, and many other countries. In recent times, it has been celebrated at Canadian Parliament and during Obama’s tenure at the White House.


NetIP Canada (erstwhile NetIP Ottawa) is a volunteer driven non-profit organization (No. 1011645-9) dedicated to the overall achievement and advancement of South Asian professionals. NetIP focuses on 1) Professional Development 2) Community and Civic engagement 3) Cultural Awareness and 4) Political Awareness.


NetIP, under the leadership of Sid Kumar, President, have won an award for the Best Chapter 2014 at the Annual NetIP Conference in Atlanta, GA. “While we have generated and built business and professional relationships we have actively engaged in philanthropy work and have raised money for Queensway Carleton HospitalOttawa Hospital and City For All Women Initiative (CAWI) in last two years through our Diwali Gala and have distributed computer tablets to rural underprivileged students in India in partnership with Data Wind”, we are looking forward to a great evening of fun, networking and giving back to the community and my congratulations to the award winners” said Mr. Kumar.



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Sid Kumar, President, NetIP- Canada please call 613.620.2074 or e-mail