JEWELLERS FOR HOPE RAISES J1 CRORE FOR THREE NGOS
The GJEPC hosted a by-invitation-only charity dinner, Jewellers for Hope, on the sidelines of the show to raise funds for a noble cause. The gem and jewellery industry has always made it a point to support social causes and is committed towards the betterment of our society. Taking this a step further, the GJEPC launched its first large-scale philanthropic initiative in 2014 with Jewellers for Hope, a charity dinner that mobilised the entire Indian gem and jewellery industry into donating
K1 crore towards a noble cause. This year, too, the GJEPC in association with De Beers Group of Companies, held a by-invitation only charity dinner on July 27th 2017 at the Grand Hyatt in Mumbai to raise funds for chosen social causes. The formal black-tie event was attended by the who’s who of the industry and a total of K1 crore was distributed among three NGOs – Make- A-Wish India and Girl Rising received
K33 lakh each, while Nanhi Kali Foundation received a
cheque of K35 lakh. The event was hosted by television star Mandira Bedi and was graced by actor Arjun Kapoor and Amruta Fadnavis, wife of the chief minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis. GJEPC chairman Praveenshankar Pandya said, “Over the years the jewellery industry has contributed to various calamities, be it drought or earthquakes, through the Gem & Jewellery National Relief Foundation. The industry should continue to do the good work and Jewellers For Hope is a small gesture. The industry does much more; the biggest example is the transformation of Surat with hospitals and schools. This is singularly because of diamantaires.” Paul Rowley, executive vice-president, global sightholder sales, De Beers, noted, “This GJEPC initiative is a great concept that does a huge amount of good. The role of women in society is rapidly and fundamentally changing due to the access to education. Many women do not have this advantage. Women are end users of 90% of the world’s diamonds. We must do our bit to advance the gender. It is important not only morally and socially but also commercially.” Russell Mehta, vice-chairman, GJEPC, said, “People buy jewellery for happy occasions. We should extend this happy circle beyond the industry and bring more smiles through our collaborative social responsibility. It is high time we came together to work towards addressing common root causes that impact society. We are an industry with a heart. We need to demonstrate that outside our industry as well.”
Arjun Kapoor, Paul Rowley, Amruta Fadnavis and Praveenshankar Pandya hand over a cheque to Nidhi Dubey of Girl Rising.
Amruta Fadnavis receives a token of appreciation from Mona Mehta and Namita Pandya.