East Meets West Fundraising Event in London
Cricket stars, corporate bigwigs and Bollywood glam to support Habitat for Humanity efforts to build and rehabilitate homes for the needy families in India
Heavyweights from India’s sporting and corporate world will be joining hands at a fundraising event in aid of Habitat for Humanity’s IndiaBUILDS.
On July 18, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, currently captain of India’s World Cup winning cricket team, will co-host a charity dinner at Hilton on Park Lane in central London. His partner is Rajashree Birla of Indian conglomerate Aditya Birla Group and chair of IndiaBUILDS advisory committee.
Under the IndiaBUILDS campaign, Habitat for Humanity India has built over 35,000 houses across 17 states of the country. Now, the goal of the ambitious initiative is to build, repair and rehabilitate 100,000 houses in India by 2015.
From the City to Bollywood
The London charity event will also benefit M.S. Dhoni charitable foundation, which supports a number of children’s charities.
Guests will include past and present players from England’s and India’s national cricket teams as well as Bollywood stars such as Habitat for Humanity India’s goodwill ambassadors, Ranganathan ‘Maddy’ Madhavan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Omi Vaidya, and Chitrangada Singh.
Half of all proceeds raised on the night will go toward IndiaBUILDS spearheaded by Mrs Birla. Many of India’s high-profile business leaders will also be lending their support. They include Sanjay Nayar of KKR India, Pramit Jhaveri of Citigroup, Asit Koticha of ASK Financials, Gul Kripalani of Pijikay Group, and representatives from India’s business community in the United Kingdom.
The fundraising dinner is just one of many events being held over the next few weeks to benefit HFH India. On July 17, Habitat supporters will gather at London Business School to “mock build” a house, symbolically representing the ones that will be built in India to support families currently living in substandard homes.
What is next?
Habitat wants people not only to read about poverty housing but do something to fight it. You can support Habitat’s work in Europe and Central Asia in a number of ways. Here are some examples:
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