British Asian Trust beneficiaries visit England cricket team in Mumbai….reports Asian Lite News
England’s cricket stars inspired the next generation of sports champions, who are supported by the British Asian Trust, at a special training session here in Mumbai.
The British Asian Trust, one of the Prince of Wales’ charities, arranged for the England stars to meet with the girls, who have all excelled in a range of sports from running to the hockey. The event marked the final day of the Trust’s major public appeal ‘Give a Girl a Future’.
Ten girls between the age of 13-19 from the Trust’s rural development project, Mann Deshi, were delighted to meet England cricketers including Alastair Cook, Moeen Ali and Joe Root ahead of their test match with India on Thursday 8th December.
England cricketer and British Asian Trust Ambassador Moeen Ali was seen interacting with the girls and found taking photographs with them. “The British Asian Trust is putting incredible work, funds and resources into transforming the lives of thousands in South Asia.
The ‘Give a Girl a Future’ appeal has demonstrated that with the support of the UK public, we have been able to make a massive impact on so many lives in the region. It was an eye opening experience to meet some of these beneficiaries today, children from Mumbai who have little hope or future. Their lives have been transformed by the British Asian Trust”, said Moeen Ali.
The British Asian Trust’s ‘Give a Girl a Future’ appeal launched on 7th September and has focused on providing education and skills training to engage vulnerable girls and women in South Asia. All funds donated during the appeal have been doubled by the UK Government.
The appeal has seen support from the Trust’s key ambassadors and celebrities such as Zayn Malik, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Meera Syal, Anita Rani, Naughty Boy, Anil Kapoor, Shilpa Shetty and Rahul Dravid.
“It’s fantastic to give some of our children this once in a lifetime experience here in Mumbai. These children have been involved in our Mann Deshi project for a number of months as part of our overall livelihoods work in India.
Today is a special day for us as we bring our ‘Give a Girl a Future’ appeal to an end. The appeal has been our most successful in the Trust’s 9-year history and we’d like to thank the England team for taking some time out today and spending it with us in Mumbai”,said Richard Hawkes, CEO, British Asian Trust
|The British Asian Trust supports the development of South Asia that maximises the potential of its people, and that is free from inequality and injustice.Iit was founded in 2007 by HRH, The Prince of Wales and a group of visionary leaders, from the British Asian business community. Their active engagement continues to drive them forward.
“We create change by developing and delivering impactful and lasting solutions to the challenges of poverty and injustice. By engaging at a grass-roots level, we enable people to truly unlock their potential. Already more than three million lives have been touched through our programmes in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
But it’s not just about the potential of those we support. We also help unlock philanthropic potential from the Asian diaspora and beyond. We’ve seen how our supporters appreciate deeply the way they can trust us to help them put their values and their compassion into action so that together we can transform lives”, Richard Hawkes added.