Paul and Sharan Narang of Abbotsford recently held their annual event for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, raising more than $71,000. Submitted photo

Abbotsford couple raises $71,000 for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Paul and Sharan Narang hold 12th annual event at Elements Casino in Surrey

An Abbotsford couple who own seven Bell Mobility locations in the Fraser Valley recently raised more than $71,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Paul and Sharan Narang held their 12th annual fundraiser at Elements Casino in Surrey on Nov. 10. The event, which included a night of dancing, was attended by 300 people.

The couple has a close connection to Type 1 diabetes, and decided to raise money for the JDRF starting in 2008.

They asked about 20 friends to join them at a local pub for dinner, and invited them to each donate $10 for the cause. They also raffled off a few Starbucks cards and raised a total of $500.

Sharan said their friends had such a good time that they asked the couple to do it again.

“Since then, we have watched our small pub night go from 20 friends to 50 to 100, and now we have capped off our guest list at 300 people, all local business owners and professionals,” she said.

RELATED: Abbotsford teen part of juvenile diabetes delegation to Ottawa

Their fundraising total has also climbed each year, with a total of just over $291,000 collected in 12 years. They have been the top fundraiser for the JDRF in the last six or seven years.

The first 10 events were held at Phoenix Ballroom in Abbotsford (which has since closed down), and the last two have been at Elements Casino.

Sharan said every penny collected goes to the JDRF, and they now have more than 60 sponsors that donate $500. She estimates that about 90 per cent of the sponsors are from Abbotsford.

“This event is by far a community effort. We are absolutely blessed to be surrounded by so many generous people,” she said.

Tickets for the event are a minimum $40 donation at the door.

Planning is now underway for the 13th annual event next fall, and Sharan said anyone who would like to donate raffle items can contact her at

Paul and Sharan own three Bell Mobility locations in Abbotsford and one each in Burnaby, Surrey, Aldergrove and Mission.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

UPDATED: Mission spray park closed after children suffer swollen eyes, burns

Mission RCMP are investigating incident that injured several children

VIDEO: Abbotsford Agrifair shares more about Drive-Thru Safari concept

Agrifair officials lay out plans for annual event, which runs from July 31 to Aug. 2

RCMP ask for assistance to find missing Chilliwack man

Raymond Gene Jarvis has been missing since early July

Professional basketball in Canada begins return to action with COVID-19 testing

Abbotsford’s Fraser Valley Bandits, six other CEBL teams arrive in Ontario for Summer Series

Chilliwack RCMP seeing surge in telephone-based tax scam

Victims are phoned by someone claiming to represent the Canada Revenue Agency, demanding money

Recent surge in COVID-19 cases not unexpected amid Phase Three of reopening: B.C.’s top doc

Keep circles small, wear masks and be aware of symptoms, Dr. Bonnie Henry says

Thousands of dollars of stolen rice traced to Langley warehouse

Police raid seizes $75,000 in ‘commercial scale’ theft case

B.C. NDP changing WorkSafeBC regulations to respond to COVID-19

Employers say reclassifying coronavirus could be ‘ruinous’

Baby raccoon rescued from 10-foot deep drainage pipe on Vancouver Island

‘Its cries were loud, pitiful and heartbreaking,’ Saanich animal control officer says

Statistical flaws led to B.C. wolf cull which didn’t save endangered caribou as estimated

Study finds statistical flaws in an influential 2019 report supporting a wolf cull

Surrey’s first Ethics Commissioner brings ‘objectivity’ to the job

Vancouver lawyer Reece Harding is Surrey’s first Ethics Commissioner, also a first for B.C.

Windows broken, racist graffiti left on Okanagan home

Family says nothing like this has happened since they moved to Summerland in 1980s

B.C. man who went by ‘Doctor Ray Gaglardi’ charged with sex assault of teenage boys

The man, 75, is accused of assaulting teenage boys he met through Coquitlam-area churches

B.C.’s potential deficit $12.5 billion as spending spikes, taxes drop

Finance Minister Carole James gives COVID-19 outlook

Most Read