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Waheeda Rahman, Shabana Azmi help raise £300,000 for underprivileged children
March 28, 2013 11:19:02 AM IST By Rajesh Kumar Singh, Glamsham Editorial
Indian cinema's veteran stars came together to help the Akshaya Patra Foundation UK to raise funds and pledge to help thousands of underprivileged children in India with free school meals at The Sparkle Ball, a Glittering Fashion Fundraiser. The 'Akshaya Patra' Foundation UK is the world's largest NGO-run school meal programme, which feeds and educates some of India's poorest, underprivileged child.
JAVED AKHTAR and WAHEEDA REHMAN
Among the leading social glitterati, dignitaries, charity ambassadors were veteran stars of Indian cinema, Waheeda Rehman, Shabana Azmi, and Javed Akhtar. The event was held at Vinopolis in London to celebrate The Sparkle Ball - a glittering night of haute couture fashion. Among the other 400 of the High Net Worth (HNW) individuals from Indian community in London and India were LN Mittal and family, the Chairman of The Akshaya Patra Foundation UK Harin Thaker, and the advisory board members, Yogesh Mehta, Prashant Jhawar, Nirmal Banthia.
The UK chapter of The Akshaya Patra Foundation has so far raised funds to provide meals in approximately 250 schools which is 75,000 children. The Akshaya Patra Foundation often provides a lifeline for children to eat well, which in turn aids their educational development, which then can help them to achieve their full potential. The organisation plans to feed five million schoolchildren in India everyday by 2020. This work is partly funded by the Central Government of India, the respective state governments, corporates and benevolent individuals. The Foundation has an esteemed list of Trustees and Advisers in India, the UK and the USA, who advise and guide the charity's operations on a daily basis. Some of its renowned supporters include: Mr. Narayan Murthy, Deepak Chopra and Fareed Zakaria.
(Rajesh Kumar Singh is Editorial Consultant for Festivals and Markets for BollywoodTrade.com. He is a filmmaker, critic and market analyst)