An important part of our TIGS calendar, the third Taj Mahal evening was held on Saturday 25 March 2017 in the University of Wollongong’s UniHall. The volunteer Taj Mahal committee reformed in 2016 to stage a bigger, brighter and more brilliant display of exotic entertainment, Indian food with a Bollywood atmosphere. Over 450 guests enjoyed the evening and felt transported to an Indian Raja’s palace.

TIGS community extends our gratitude and appreciation to Dr Sharad and Dr Lata Tamhane and to Dr Cedric and Mrs Usha Fernandez, who as past TIGS parents, have given generously of their time, talents and resources. It is very gratifying to see such a vast number of local people and businesses unifying to celebrate the diversity, heritage and culture of the Indian community here in the Illawarra.

The evening raised over $90,000 that will be divided between two significant school and community partnerships, TIGS Foundation and The Disability Trust. TIGS Foundation raises funds for the advancement of the school, in particular, the Rev Richard Bosanquet scholarship. This initiative, inspired by the vision of the founding Headmaster, seeks to offer a TIGS world-class education to a local child who could not otherwise access such a life-changing opportunity.

Each year, TIGS partners with The Disability Trust to engage our Year 11 students to become companions and carers to a large group of children with dual-diagnosis disabilities on Sony Camp. The three-day residential camp offers companionship and compassion but also provides valuable respite for the families of children with disabilities. The funds raised from Taj Mahal will enable a large cohort of children to access these camps in 2017 and 2018. This opportunity changes lives for both the Disability Trust’s clients and TIGS students.

The Taj Mahal Committee once again thanks our sponsors for their very generous support. Evolution Healthcare, CMG AV, Dr S Tamhane, Dr Mahesh Patel, Wollongong Private Hospital, Dr A Stanton, IRG, Dr Stephen Bentley, Dr T Skyring & Dr P Kovac – South Coast Urology, Usha and Cedric Fernandez, Rajen Pather, National Hearing Care – Rakhee Chandra, Dr Stephen Pearson & Dr Stuart MacKay - Illawarra ENT Head & Neck Clinic and Dr Shiva Hampasagar – Dapto Smile Dental Centre. The Committee would also like to thank the University of Wollongong for their great support which allowed both the event as a whole, and the fundraising efforts, to be such a tremendous success.

The Taj Mahal Committee looks forward to bringing another magnificent evening to our community in March 2019.