Jewellers For Hope Applauds Selfless Service
Donates I1 crore to three NGOs
The GJEPC’s Jewellers for Hope charity gala dinner that was held on August 9th at JW Marriott Sahar raised R1 crore in support of three NGOs. The dinner was held in association with De Beers Group of Companies, and powered by Gemological Institute of America (GIA). The black-tie event was hosted by comedian Cyrus Broacha and was graced by Bollywood stars Shilpa Shetty and Manisha Koirala, as well as ex-cricketer Zaheer Khan.
The GJEPC handed over cheques to Voluntary Action Association run by Nobel Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi, who works with a mission to end all forms of exploitation of children in India; Giants
Welfare Association run by social activist Shaina NC, who supports, maintains and assists promotion of social services and projects in India and abroad; and Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayta Samiti or Jaipur Foot run under the supervision of Padma Bhushan recipient, Dr. D.R. Mehta, who has been assisting the disabled by providing them artificial limbs, calipers and other aids for free.
In his opening remarks, GJEPC chairman Pramod Agrawal said, “The Indian gem and jewellery industry goes beyond its capacity to work for society, both individually and collectively. We believe in the ideology of giving back to the society to transform the lives of people. Thanks to all the donors for their generous contribution, whose support will help make a difference in the lives of many.”
The chief guest for the evening Paul Rowley, executive vicepresident, global sightholder sales, De Beers Group, said, “Diamonds are the ultimate symbol of love and these miracles of nature have given hope to so many people across the world. The diamond industry in India has been doing tremendous work in education, health and uplifting the marginalised sections of the society. De Beers has always been committed to the welfare of its stakeholders and society. We are happy to partner with GJEPC for the charity event that gives hope to the underprivileged and empowers the children, women and people in a great manner.”
GJEPC vice chairman Colin Shah noted, “We are thankful for the support received from our gem and jewellery partners and I am confident that we shall be also working towards improving the living standards of workers who remain the backbone of this industry. Through Swasthya Ratna, a group medical policy, GJEPC has insured three lakh lives since 2015. Jewellers have a heart of gold and I’m happy that our industry is poised to make a slew of positive contributions to the society.”
NGOs with whom the Jewellers for Hope is associated this year have done an excellent job in their respective fields. Voluntary Action Association/Bachpan Bachao Andolan has directly rescued over 86,500 children from extreme conditions of child abuse. Giants Welfare International has successfully completed the Giants Blood Donation drive with approximately 1,000 blood donation camps organised by different Giants Groups spread all over India from June 14th30th 2018. Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayta Samiti (BMVSS) or Jaipur Foot provides artificial limbs, calipers, wheelchairs, hand paddled tricycles, crutches and other aids and appliances to the handicapped – to over 85,000 disabled every year. BMVSS has rehabilitated more than 1.70 million disabled so far.
In 2014, Jewellers for Hope associated with Make-AWish Foundation to fulfil the wishes of 1,700 children with life-threatening medical conditions. In 2016, Jewellers for Hope donated to Swades Foundation and Friends of Tribal Society, which helped 4,560 rural households gain access to drinking water, and built toilets in the community and educated 7,224 students. And in 2017, Jewllers for Hope extended its contribution to three NGOs, namely, Nanhi Kali, Girl Rising, and Make-A-Wish Foundation. This contribution helped to improve the lives of 1,166 children, educate 20,044 girls, and grant 540 wishes.
(Top) Shaina NC (fifth from left) of Giants Welfare Association; (Facing Page) Kailash Satyarthi of Voluntary Action Association; and Dr. D.R. Mehta (second from left) of BMVSS or Jaipur Foot receiving their cheques from Jewellers for Hope.