Jewellers For Hope Ap­plauds Self­less Ser­vice

Do­nates I1 crore to three NGOs

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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.

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