RED FM Gurpurab Radiothon 2023

The 2023 RED FM Gurpurab Radiothon on November 27th will start from 6 AM onwards.

Donations to Surrey Hospitals Foundation’s (SHF) will be directed towards bringing new two cardiac catheterization labs (Cath labs) to Surrey. 

How to Donate on November 27th, 2023:

  • Phone: please call 604 597 1612 to donate using your credit card.
  • In-person: visit the RED FM studio to donate in-person.
  • Cheque: You can also mail your donation cheque payable to Surrey Hospitals Foundation at the following address:

#201 8383A 128th St., Surrey B.C. V3W4G1.

RED FM does not retain any portion of the donations. RED FM will designate 100% of the donations to Surrey Hospitals Foundation.

How Surrey Hospitals Foundation’s (SHF) Will Use Your Donations:

As mentioned above, SHF will use your donation towards bringing new two cardiac catheterization labs to Surrey.  

  • Surrey boasts one of the largest concentrations of South Asian residents in North America. Studies have shown that people of South Asian descent can have four times the risk of heart disease compared to the general population. They can develop the disease up to a decade earlier.
  • Health professionals measure the time starting from when the patient arrives in the Emergency Department to the time when an artery blockage is opened. This is because every minute that goes by without intervention results in the heart muscle dying.
  • But Surrey is the only large city in Canada that does not yet have a cardiac Cath lab. BC Ambulance statistics for 2021 show that 1,376 patients were transferred from Surrey Memorial Hospital to other cities for care. The top three reasons for transfer were heart, stroke and pediatric specialty care.
  • Surrey Memorial Hospital’s new Cath labs will be the first ones built south of the Fraser River. This means that residents of Surrey and the surrounding communities will no longer have to cross the bridge and be subject to traffic patterns to receive care for one of the leading causes of sudden death.
  • With these new Cath labs, Surrey Memorial Hospital’s interventional cardiologists will be able to diagnose and treat problems in heart and blood vessels before they cause larger issues, such as a heart attack or stroke. And in the case of a completely blocked coronary artery, urgent intervention in a cardiac Cath lab could mean the difference between life and death.

Donor information and Tax Receipts: Donor information will be provided to and retained by SHF for processing donations made during the Radiothon. SHF may use the information provided during the Radiothon to send you tax receipts and thank you letters.

RED FM and SHF would like to thank you for supporting Healthcare in Surrey.