Family holds Bollywood-style fundraiser for Children’s Hospital

Abbotsford family will hold event in Surrey on March 28

An Abbotsford family is holding an event in Surrey on Friday, March 28 to raise funds for BC Children’s Hospital.

Gary and Karm Ahuja are hosting the “Share a Smile” Bollywood-style event at the Royal King Palace Banquet Hall (8158 128 St.), starting at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $40 and include a full buffet Indian dinner, entertainment, games, a photo booth, raffle prizes and a silent auction.

The Ahujas have set a goal to raise $100,000 over the next several years to purchase medical equipment as a measure of thanks for the care their daughter Maya received as a baby.

Maya, who turns four in June, underwent open-heart surgery at the age of four months. Following the procedure, her heart stopped beating for 22 minutes, but quick action by doctors and nurses saved her life.

Maya will require another open-heart surgery in the coming years and is closely followed several times a year by the doctors at the hospital.

So far, the family has raised $12,500 toward their goal.

Tickets for Share a Smile are available by calling 604-613-5242 or 604-807-8184 or emailing More information is available online at