The Loomba Foundation held its Annual Charity Dinner at the Savoy in London, attended by the Deputy Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Nick Clegg MP as Chief Guest. The guests of honour included Business Secretary Rt. Hon. Dr. Vince Cable MP, the First Lady of the Republic of Gabon Madam Sylvia Bongo Ondimba, President of the Loomba Foundation Cherie Blair, the acting High Commissioner of India H.E Rajesh N. Prasad, and the Foundation’s international ambassadors, Bollywood stars Kajol and Ajay Devgan. The Loomba Foundation received a donation of £50,000 from the First Lady of Gabon Madam Sylvia Bongo Ondimba, and industrialists S.P. Hinduja and G.P. Hinduja pledged funds for the education of 500 children of poor widows in India. Lord Raj Loomba, Founder and Chairman Trutstee of the Loomba Foundation said, ‘We are very much indebted to the Hinduja Group and Madam Sylvia Bongo Ondimba for their generous donations’. Speaking at the occasion, Cherie Blair, President of the Loomba Foundation, informed guests that the Foundation had so far educated over 6,000 children of poor widows in India and supported 27,000 family members. “The issue of widowhood has remained unidentified and unaddressed until the recent research study revealed that there are over 245 million widows and 500 million of their children worldwide. We are proud that through our tireless campaign the United Nations declared June 23 as International Widows’ Day last year”. In all, the Foundation raised over £300, 000 through the generosity of its sponsors and the fundraising activities at the event. Entertainment on the night included a dance performance by school children to the popular track Jai Ho, from the India-centric Oscar winning film Slumdog Millionaire.
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