Charity drives project to educate Mumbai children


GOOD CAUSE: Anita Goyal (left) at the event
GOOD CAUSE: Anita Goyal (left) at the event

A CHARITY supporting an initia­tive which helps some of the poorest children in Mumbai raised more than £1,800 at a glittering event in London last month. Philanthropists Avnish and Anita Goyal, in partnership with Ensemble Couture, hosted a fund-raising evening at the Montcalm hotel, Marble Arch. They helped to raise £1,887 and donated £5,000 towards supporting the School on Wheels initiative. Created by the Child Action’s Doorstep School project, Schools on Wheels are buses designed as mobile classrooms. Organisers say it is an effective strategy to reach out to the most cut-off groups of children including street children and pavement dwellers. It also acts as an emergency classroom where space is a constraint. Over 100 people attended the event which was hosted by TV and radio presenter Suzi Mann. The occasion, organised with the help of the Hemraj Goyal Foun­dation, also featured an exclusive raffle which included Lucy Choi designer shoes, Arsenal FC club level tickets and an afternoon tea experience at the Montcalm. Anita Goyal said: “This event has kickstarted our fundraising for a new school bus to support children with their education. We are delighted that we were able to present Child Action with a cheque for £5,000 on the night.”

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