Fundraiser Concert for Kerala flood victims

Venkat Raman

Fundraiser Concert for Kerala flood victims

Divine Retreat Centre event on November 24

Auckland, October 22, 2018

A music concert to raise funds for the victims of the floods that devastated the people of Kerala in August 2018 will be held on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at Mount Eden War Memorial Hall, located at 489 Dominion Road in Mount Eden, Auckland.

The Programme is being organised by JZ Entertainment Network and St Mary’s Avondale Parish. Funds collected will be donated to the Divine Retreat Centre located at Potta, a village located about 50 kms to the North of Kochi (Cochin). DRC Potta is the parent body of Centres around the world.

Quality Entertainment

Owned and operated by Jeffery Nathan and his son Zane, the Group aims to present quality entertainment “with a difference reflecting the duo’s love and passion for music and stage performance.”

Mr Nathan said that the Concert will be held under the patronage of DRC Director

Father Augustine Vallooran.

Devastating Floods

“More than one million people have been adversely affected by the recent devastating floods in Kerala, India.  Many have suffered the loss of homes, crops, livestock and livelihood. Amongst those who have experienced overwhelming losses is DRC Potta,” he said.

Sponsorship packages and donor options are available, Mr Nathan said.

“Money collected through sponsorships and donations will go towards restoring damages caused to the  DRC, bakery, printing press and charitable homes attached to the Centre. With your help, DRC will be able to continue their charitable works by offering much needed comfort and guidance to the people in India and around the world,” Mr Nathan said.

Sponsorship Categories (In NZ$):

Diamond Sponsor: $3000; Ruby Sponsor: $2000; Emerald Sponsor: $1000

Advertisements in the Souvenir (In NZ$):

Full Page: $500; Half Page: $300; Quarter Page: $200

Cash Donations: (Acknowledgement in the Souvenir)

NZ$100 or NZ$ 50

About DRC Potta

The Centre started as a preaching Ministry by the Vincentian (Saint Vincent de Paul) Congregation in India. They have two aims: (a) Preaching the good news to the poor and (b) Caring for the welfare of the poor and afflicted.

DRC is the largest Catholic Retreat Centre in the world with over 10 million people having attended the retreats from all over the world – including many non-Christians since 1990. Week-long retreats are held and conducted for as many as 10,000 people in English and six different Indian dialects simultaneously. The retreats are priced at nominal fees and include accommodation and all meals.

Affected Properties

Amongst the charitable works conducted by the Vincentians through different Homes attached to Divine Retreat Centre are as follows. However, much has been destroyed by the recent floods, including Saint Vincent’s Home for AIDS patients; The Divine Care Centre for the Mentally ill; The Divine Mercy Home for Elderly Men and Women abandoned by their families; The Maria Santhi Bhavan Home for Elderly Women;  Saint Mary’s Home for Destitute Mothers and Children; Divine De-Addiction Centre a government approved centre for the rehabilitation of drug addicts and alcoholics.

Other Activities

Some other activities carried out are (1) Free Education Scheme for orphans and street children (2) Free Meals Scheme (3) Free Self-Employment Opportunities (4) Free Admission to Retreats (5) Divine Printers and Publishers

About JZ Entertainment Network

JZ Entertainment Network brings an array of vocalists and performers showcasing their energy, talents, and vibrance on stage through their rendition from a range of retro numbers. The music goes back to the 1970s to present-day music from a variety of genres such as Broadway, Country, Folk, Indie, Jazz, Motown, Pop, R&B, Rock, Rock & Roll, and Soul.

Jeff and Zane love the stage and have a great desire to give back to the community with what they have been blessed with their music.

Therefore, their hope is for diverse, multicultural communities of New Zealand to come together in support to help DRC Potta recuperate after the recent devastating floods in the state of Kerala, India.

For further information please contact Jeffery Nathan on 027-7027875. Email:

Account name: RC Bishop of Auckland-Avondale Parish

Account Number: 02-0100-0120958-004 

Please include your name and ‘Potta’ in the Reference field and email the relevant details to to obtain a Tax Receipt).

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