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Help for Mr.Chinnasamy hospital & Repatriation

Closed Cause page created in the Community category by Dunedin Tamil Society

$28,528 of $115,000 goal

Given by 334 generous donors in 21 days


Mr. Chinnasamy passed away on 24-03-2019 and family is struggling with hospital and repatriation costs of NZ$115,000.

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Mr Ramalingam Chinnasamy is the father of Mr. Balamurugan aka Chef Bala, Mr. Ravi (both residents of Hamilton) and Mrs Shobana (resident of Dunedin)

Mr. and Mrs. Chinnasamy, travelled to Dunedin from Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu, to celebrate the birth of their grandson (born to Mr. Bala Murugan and Mrs. Shobana Chinnasamy who previous lived in Hamilton). In the excitement of welcoming a new member to the family, they happened to travel without insurance. Not in their wildest of dreams did they ever expect that the beloved grandfather will suffer a cardiac arrest in New Zealand and require surgery to survive.

Mr. Chinnasamy underwent an open heart surgery on the 19th of March at the Dunedin Public Hospital. Much to the family’s distress, Mr. Chinnasamy did not regain consciousness post-surgery and succumbed to organ failure early in the wee hours of 24th March, 2019 and passed away.

While the family are going through a very difficult phase of coping with the loss of their beloved, they are also highly financially stressed. The hospital costs have now accumulated to over NZ$100,000, and repatriation costs are expected to be NZ$15,000.

Your kind help and support is all that the family needs at this time. Any contribution, however big or small will be appreciated. All the funds collected will be immediately handed over to the family to manage their needs. The proposed timeline for repatriation is by Friday this week, 29th March 2019.

Many thanks in advance for all your help and support. Also, please do uphold the family in your prayers


Dunedin Tamil Society & Tamil Society Waikato

About us

The purposes of The Society are to preserve and promote the rich heritage of the Tamil-speaking population, whose cultural background are built on the three pillars of Tamil Language: Literature (Iyal), Music (Isai) and Drama (Nadagam), in the wider Dunedin region. The Society would also foster understanding, friendship, goodwill and appreciation between Tamil-speaking people and various cross-sections of the people of Dunedin Region. Tamil is one of the oldest languages in the world, with literature dating back 100BC, spoken by more than: 60 million people in Tamil Nadu, a state located in the southern region of India; 3 million people in Sri Lanka, 2 million people in Malaysia, 500,000 people in Singapore, 300,000 people in United Kingdom, 250,000 people in Canada and 200,000 people in the United States of America.


To promote Tamil language and culture.

To remain strictly non-political and non-partisan in the promotion of Tamil language and Tamil culture.

To provide social support and networking opportunities for new migrants and New Zealanders who are Tamil-speaking people or identify themselves as people of Tamil culture.

To encourage people who are interested in learning, promoting, and celebrating the Tamil language and Tamil Culture, irrespective of their language and/or cultural identity.

Pecuniary gain is not a purpose of the Society

Use of funds

For the family to pay for hospital costs and repatriation costs.

Latest donations

  • V

    V on 11 Apr 2019


    Will pray to god for the strength to recover from this loss


  • Jubilee Rajiah

    Jubilee Rajiah on 11 Apr 2019



  • Aman

    Aman on 08 Apr 2019



  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 08 Apr 2019



  • Srini and Ezhil

    Srini and Ezhil on 07 Apr 2019


    Did a small fundraising Indian lunch in Fonterra Farm Source, Hamilton. Thanks team for the support.


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This page was created on 24 Mar 2019 and closed on 14 Apr 2019.
$28,528 of $115,000 goal

Given by 334 generous donors in 21 days

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