THE Rotary Club of Brisbane International (RCBI) hosted its inaugural Bollywood Ball fundraiser night on the evening of 9th September at the Chinese Sacred Heart Centre in Runcorn and it was truly a grand affair. The tone of the evening was already set a week prior when the event was declared a sell-out by RCBI President, Mr Raj Padarath. This in itself was a remarkable feat considering there were a number of other functions by other organisations on the same night. Having a sell-out function a week out was no doubt a tremendous achievement.

A black tie/dress fused with a Bollywood theme saw patron’s turnout in vibrant colours. The venue was elegantly setup and decorated by RCBI members, a number of who had also been practising hard for some of the performances on the night. The hard work of all club members leading up to and on the night was indeed commendable.

RCBI’s strategic goals are to assist with medical projects in Fiji and funds raised through this year’s Bollywood Ball had already been earmarked to send a container load of medical supplies to Fiji before the end of the year.

The night kicked off with a sensational dance performance by a number of RCBI boys on a Bollywood medley which certainly got the crowd cheering. Enter our MC extraordinaire, Mr Greg Forster, also a Rotarian from Ipswich who mesmerised the crowd like no other. Present amongst our esteemed guests were the District Governor Mr Elwyn Hodges together with his wife Allison and our very own Charter President and current District Governor Elect, Mr Jitendra Prasad and his wife Nirmala.

The keynote speaker for the evening was our fellow Rotarian, Dr Sandhir Prasad, a renowned Cardiologist based in Brisbane. Dr Prasad spoke about the importance of heart health and highlighted the alarming statistics of heart disease related deaths in our homeland of Fiji.  According to Dr Prasad, Fiji has one of the highest per capita heart disease related death rates in the world. Dr Prasad’s key note address was a follow on from an eye opening presentation on Heart Health in Fiji by Dr Vijay Kapadia, another renowned cardiologist based on the Gold Coast at RCBI’s Changeover Dinner in July.

RCBI President, Mr Raj Padarath who was heavily involved with coordinating this signature fundraising event also addressed all guests and highlighted the importance of the work done by Rotarians all around the world and the need to engage more like minded and like hearted people to assist us in this cause.

The District Governor Elect, Mr Jitendra Prasad who was RCBI’s Charter President and currently the immediate Past President of the club, spoke about the importance of our people behind the scenes whose tireless efforts have made RCBI a successful young club that it is today and he shared his passion and excitement on leading Rotary District 9630 in 2018-19.

Guests were kept well entertained by several fabulous dance performances on popular Bollywood numbers featuring our own RCBI ladies and other performers. DJ Desi kept the music pumping and the dance floor was soon opened for everyone to dance their night away.

If this evenings success is anything to go by, RBCI is confident that its signature annual fundraising event will only get bigger and better with the ongoing support of its members and the wider community.

If you are interested in becoming part of this wonderful organisation, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0434 023 240 or 0403 301 337. Alternatively, you can visit our Facebook page, Rotary Club of Brisbane International and send us a private message via Messenger.

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