Disha was born in 2006 to raise funds for worthwhile causes, to reach out and touch the community and contribute in some fashion
- In 2006 we had a Bollywood Extravaganza where we raised $25,000 and donated to The Alfred towards Lung Cancer - Disha donated a fibre optic bronchoscope - critical in assessing patients with Lung Cancer
- In 2007, Disha had "One Day in September" where we raised $30,000 - we donated 3 Palliative Care Bed for the Alfred
- In 2007, Disha also supported the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Royal Melbourne Hospital - we donated equipment for their kitchenette and ECG machines for their BMT Unit
- In 2008, Disha had "Rhythm of the Night" and raised $50,000 and we supported Ovarian Cancer at The Royal Women's Hospital
- In 2010, Disha had the "Disha Diwali Dinner Dance" and raised money for various hospitals and various equipment
- In 2011, Disha had a Ladies Luncheon and we supported Prostate cancer at The Alfred
- In 2012, Disha donated the first Scalp Cooling Machine to the Peter Mac Hospital
- In 2014, Disha donated to Royal Women's hospital and Alfred hospital to purchase Scalp cooling equipment that would help patients' going through chemotherapy
- In 2015, Disha hosted a Movie Night raising funds for The Royal Women's Hospital for the purchase of a cordless headlamp for surgery
- In 2017, Disha donated to the Haematology and Oncology departments of The Alfred Hospital and Box Hospital
Disha supports "Mental Health" by donating to the Mental Health Institute of Victoria, and Disha has also supported Heart at The Alfred and donated towards the Cardiology Unit.
Disha also has supported Palliative Care at Alfred hospital by building an entire bathroom with all accessories for Palliative Care patients. Disha also has WARD 7E named after it as we have contributed to the making of this ward by donating everything that the Ward needed.
Disha team has volunteered at Fare Share preparing 2000 meals for the homeless of Melbourne and saving 1500kgs of food which would otherwise have gone into a landfill.
Disha has its name in the WALL's of all major hospitals including - Royal Melbourne, Royal Women's, The Alfred, Peter Mac, Box Hill Hospital and we are one of the major donors at the Alfred.
Disha in 2017
Disha's Cuppa for Kids Event - 12th November 2017
Disha Youth hosted their first event on Sunday 12th November 2017 to raise funds for Kids with Cancer supporting patient care in the Kookaburra Ward at The Royal Children's Hospital as part of the RCH Bed Sponsorship Program.
Disha's Dinner Dance Event - 4th March 2017
Disha hosted its 10th year Dinner Dance Celebration on 4th March 2017 supporting The Haematology & Oncology department of The Alfred and The Box Hill Hospitals. Disha celebrated 10 years of doing things differently, 10 years of raising more than $200,000, 10 years of donating to various hospitals in Melbourne and 10 years of supporting cancer and anything else that touched Disha's heart. The Night was a roaring success raising $50,000 and Disha was overwhelmed by the generosity of donations made on the night.
From this event Disha donated $25,000 to The Alfred Hospital (which includes equipment auctioned on the night) and $25,000 to The Eastern Health Foundation (Box Hill Hospital). Inspired by the saying ‘The gift of giving is in the power of one’, the Disha team held silent auctions as well as an innovative open auction to raise funds for important items of medical equipment these included seven portable IV stands, two temporal artery thermometers, four falls matt alarms sensors and six wheelchairs for The Alfred Hospital. Humour ruled over haematology as Dr Stephen Ting from Monash University and Alfred Health delivered an enlightening and entertaining presentation on cancer.
Disha in 2015
Movie Night Event - 1st March 2015
On Sunday 1st March 2015 Disha hosted a private screening of the 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' at Rivoli Village Cinemas. The movie was enjoyed by all, raising $5500 for The Royal Women's Hospital for the purchase of a cordless head lamp for use in surgery.
Disha in 2012
Disha's Red Carpet Event - 8th September 2012
Disha is in its 7th year and we are having our Annual Disha Dinner Dance on Saturday, 8th September 2012 at The River Room at Crown.
Our theme for Disha 2012 is "Hollywood Meets Bollywood on the Red Carpet" - 60's and 70's.
We are having a live Band which will play the music of the 60's and 70's and we are all hoping to dress from that era as well.
So, you can look forward to hearing "Elvis Presley, Boney M, Abba from the West and similar melodious music from the East and Bollywood.
The Sapphire Dance Group will be performing a riveting medley of dances from 60's and 70's and a magical combination of yester years and today.
We will also have Auctions, Raffles and other fun filled activities to make the evening interesting and entertaining - it will be a glamorous evening on the red carpet.
More women die of heart disease than all the cancers put together - this has inspired Disha to donate to "Heart".
This time Disha is hoping to donate to Heart Disease - "Cardiac Unit at the Alfred Hospital"
Disha will also support Mental Health Institute of Victoria in 2012.
We have already identified the equipment that The Alfred needs and what the Mental Health Research Institute needs and we are all working towards raising that money.
DISHA is working toward providing the following for the Alfred Hospital in 2012.
- The bathroom work at Palliative Care at The Alfred continues to progress.
- Mini Doppler hand held Scanner for Cardiac Units - both 3CTC and 3 West
These are devices that are used to access how well the patients blood supply is in their limbs. Used mainly to test the pulse in a persons foot or lower limbs to ascertain how well they re recovering from cardiac surgery or other treatment. $ 1580 each and they need 2 of them.
- Weighing Scales for Cardiac Units - both 3CTC and 3 West
These are special scales which we use for patients who are not able to get out of bed. We would like to weigh our patients because then that will help us manage their nutrients better and drug therapies better. We require two @ $4000 each.
DISHA is working toward providing the following for the MHRI in 2012
Money raised by Disha will go towards the purchase of a Leica M80 Stereomicroscope and Fluorescence Illumination System. This microscope is to be used for tissue examination in the tissue culture suite utilised by Professor Sundram's laboratory. The cost of this microscope is approximately $11,000.
The Molecular Psychopharmacology Laboratory aims to understand the molecular pathology of psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. They hope to develop better bio markers to improve diagnosis and more effective treatments. Associate Professor Suresh Sundram and his team investigate how psychotropic medications interact with receptors and intracellular signalling mechanisms in neurons. The knowledge gained will aid the development of treatments which better target sites in the brain implicated in the illnesses. Collaboration with the Northern Psychiatry Research Centre enables new knowledge to be tested in clinical populations and for clinical samples to be examined in the laboratory.
Disha in 2011
Ladies Luncheon - 10th September 2011
In 2011, Disha works towards supporting Prostate Cancer. On 10th September, Disha will host a "Ladies Luncheon" where we will hear more about this cause from a survivor who went through the pain and agony caused by Prostate cancer. The event will also be marked with some fun as a leading fashion house "The Ark" will conduct a fashion workshop for the audience and will have women from the audience getting dressed and having an informal walk on the ramp. It will be a fun filled and interesting afternoon while enjoying a sit down 3 course luncheon.
Disha in 2010
DiwaliDhamaka - 8th October 2010
Disha is in its fifth year -Disha is a young lady who thrives on "team work". We believe in the motto that Together we can change the world. Together is the common, underlying, strong embedded and central focus of Disha because all our goals, objectives and values come togther with the original mission when we work together.
Disha is in our minds and thoughts. This dynamism will never change because it propels us towards the common goal. Ten years from now we will be more disappointed by things we did not do rather than things we did do.
Dare, Dream, Discover and let us walk the Disha journey together.
Disha does not do different things, Disha does things differently. Disha strives to make a Differene - Let us embrace Disha - it will teach us how to dance in the rain.
Disha dreams that in our lifetime Cancer will be conquered -
Share our Dream - Miracles do happen.
DISHA-Direction to hope had its 'Diwali - Festival of Lights Annual Dinner Dance' on Friday, 8th October 2010 at Leonda on the Yarra. The night was marked with colors and lights that are an integral part of Diwali. The audience experienced a night full of entertainment with live performances, dinner and dance.
The Fundraiser event raised funds for Ovarian Cancer Research at Royal Women's hospital and for Palliative Care at The Alfred Hospital.DISHA raised $43,000 on that day and donated $20,000 to The Palliative Care at The Alfred Hospital and $ 20,000 to Ovarian Cancer Research at The Royal Women's Hospital.DISHA donated the balance to The Mental Health Institute of Victoria, because of a belief that Cancer can lead to depression not only for the patient but also for the carers and the family.
Disha in 2009
Ghazal Singer of India in Concert- 24th May 2009
DISHA hosted a concert for the renowned Ghazal singer of India, Ashok Khosla on 24th May 2009 at 4:30 pm at Balwyn High School. The evening was filled with the emotionally electrifying voice of this great ghazal singer who enthralled the audience with his popular Ghazals and old Bollywood songs. The singer has won international acclaim with his debut in the "Brightest Talent of 80's Album" composed by Sultane Ghazal Jagjit Singh. And steadily growing in his stride, he has now 15 popular albums to his credit. He is one of the world's few musicians to have performed in the Wembley Conference Centre in London. And with his presence in Melbourne, he created a musical night that will remain in our memories for years...
Disha in 2008
Rhythm of the Night - 20th September 2008
"We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams."
On September 20th 2008,DISHA hosted an Annual Gala Fundraiser at the Hilton on the Park. The evening was highlighted with presentations from Bolivia , Japan and Africa .
The event began with the lightening of the lamp by Ms. Anita Nayar, Consulate General of India, Melbourne. One of the charities nominated for this event was Royal Women's Hospital for Ovarian Cancer and the guest speaker of the night - Professor Michael Quinn, Gynecologic Oncologist from Royal Women's Hospital marked this evening with his informative speech on Stem Cell Research. Mr. Ravi Bhatia, CEO Primus also gave a heart warming speech thanking DISHA's efforts and supportedDISHA in her efforts by making a commendable donation that night.
The evening began with a melodious performance by Chilean Pipers followed by Japanese Drummers who welcomed the guests into the main ballroom with their energy and enthusiasm. It was a visual and musical journey that thrilled the senses of the audience .The evening was also marked with stupendous performances by Salsa dancers from "Let's Go Dance" school as well as Bollywood dancers (from Gowri's school of dance) dancing to the latest Bollywood music.The most interactive performance of the night was the African drummers. The performance was uplifting, inspiring and unified the audience through Rhythm. The effects of their performance were immediate, infectious and lasted long. ! Good Food, Foot tapping music, great performances took everyone's breath away. Other attractions of the evening were Auctions, Door prizes, raffles. And this fine evening ended with audience dancing to 80s and Bollywood music played by DJ Ashaan. The annual Fund raiser was an evening full of colour, rhythm and creativity, seen through a Fusion of World Dances and music. Amidst all these cultural festivities,DISHA raised $45,000 that will be donated to Royal Women's hospital and The Alfred Hospital.
Disha in 2007
Charity Champagne Brunch - September 2007
On September 9th 2007 all three hundred guests raised their glasses during the "Spring Champagne Brunch" held at Melbourne Park. To celebrate the flavour of the month,DISHA had "One Day in September" in Melbourne where all the guests dressed in their footy colours in keeping with the footy theme. Our Chief Guest for the day was Mr. Angelo Malizis (CEO of the Millennium).
SBS radio and Neil Mitchell covered our event ahead of the function. All funds raised, being $25000, were donated to The Alfred Foundation, Mental Health Institute of Victoria and Royal Melbourne Hospital.