Delhi celebrates the British royal wedding with a big heart and a Scottish toast!
Excitement of the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markle at the Windsor Castle, U.K. spread over 4000 miles to reach India as well. At a special charity sundowner event held at DLF’S luxury mall, The Chanakya, it was all about celebrating the Brit
The evening was sponsored by International Beverage Holdings Ltd., who flew in their Master Blender, Stuart Harvey, all the way from Scotland to keep the spirits high through a bespoke tasting session of Scottish single malts and gin. Harvey, one of the world’s leading master blenders, introduced the “timed to perfection” premium single malt, Balblair, the classic Speyside malt, Speyburn and the hand-crafted super-premium gin, Caorunn. Conceptualized by Reshma Punj, Project Development Advisor, Seraphim Communications, who was inspired by the work of Mumbai-based Myna Mahila Foundation ( MMF). The foundation is one of the seven (and the only non-british) charities chosen by the royal couple, who have requested guests to donate in lieu of their wedding presents. MMFIS An Indian organization which empowers women by encouraging discussion of taboo subjects such as menstruation, and by setting up workshops to produce low-cost sanitary protection to enable girls to stay in school.
A raffle ceremony organised during the sundowner event, proceeds of which were contributed to the NGO. Contributors and raffle prize donors were to the likes of Shreyas Kitchen,exclusively Yours Silverware ,Akhil Paul Weddings, Celeste Chocolates, Naina Balsaver Jewellery, Rosetree, Ravissant, Rohit Bal, Eliferous & PDF, Outhouse Jewellery and Isaac Skin Clinic.
Senior members from the British High Commission also attended the fundraiser. Key representatives from the political affairs and communications division, Mr. Kieran Drake, Ms. Jo Burden and Alex Cameron presented a token gift to the highest individual contributor towards the foundation, during the event.
“I am extremely happy to have hosted this event for raising funds towards the foundation. Their work towards the girl child and women hygiene is truly inspiring. The event was our way of appreciating them, while celebrating the Royal Wedding along with the rest of the world. I am honoured that so many people and organizations supported the cause. Also, to have IBHL bring down their master blender to take us through their award-winning single malts and gin, was a perfectly fitting way to raise a toast in celebration of the Royal Wedding,” said Reshma Punj.
“India is one of the most aweinspiring countries in terms of its culture and heritage. I am delighted to be in India at this time, to celebrate what has become a truly global event, The Royal Wedding! As a matter of fact, one of our single malts being served this evening, Speyburn, has its special anecdote attached to the Royal Family. Its first barrel was laid down in 1897, to ensure that the single malt was ready just in time to toast Queen Victoria’s Silver Jubilee. Seeing the fervour of people and the celebrations around me, I surely do not miss being in the UK right now,” said Stuart Harvey, the only professional in the global industry who is both a master blender and a master brewer. International Beverage Holdings Limited: Established in 2006 as the international arm of Thaibev, the company specialises in developing distinctive, premium local brands for global growth, with a portfolio that is led by a range of high quality Scotch whiskies and includes some of the fastest growing and most prestigious beers, spirits and whiskies on the market today.
The event was organized with full support from Dinaz Madhukar, Senior Vice President, DLF Luxury Retail & Hospitality, and her team, who offered DLF’S newest luxury mall in New Delhi, The Chanakya as the venue for this elite fundraiser.