The Genesis Foundation team is thrilled to announce that we have Dia Mirza as our Ambassador. Dia will be helping us in spreading awareness for children who need help.
Previously, Parvathy Omanakuttan was Genesis Foundation’s Goodwill Ambassador who helped creating an awareness about critically ill underprivileged children who needed support for their treatment.
Model, actor, producer, humanitarian, Dia Mirza is a rare celebrity. In each of her avatars, she has conducted herself with great conscientiousness. She started her career as a marketing executive, but her natural grace and beauty led to modeling assignments for print and TV campaigns. Since winning the Miss Asia Pacific title in the year 2000—the first Indian contestant to win this title in 29 years—Dia has acted in several Hindi films, starting from an award-winning debut in the film Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein. She also ventured in Bengali cinema by acting in Pratim Dasgupta’s much acclaimed film Paanch Adhyay.
Dia founded Born Free Entertainment along with Sahil Sangha with an aim to create entertainment with a purpose. Her second production Bobby Jasoos, starring Vidya Balan released in 2014 to critical and popular acclaim.
Dia Mirza believes in making fame accountable and responsible and at times has stood up for her beliefs even when it was inconvenient for her to do so. She is a natural in the field of humanitarian work considering her own mother has worked as a counselor in the field of alcohol addiction. She has a great empathy with environment conservation, animal rights and unlike a majority of celebrities who use social networking for personal promotion, Dia actively promotes her favourite causes on Twitter and Facebook. As per surveys, she is one of the top ten influencers on Twitter in India.
Over the years, Dia has worked with The Cancer Patients Aid Association, The Spastics Society of India (Now called ADAPT), PETA, was a part of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites programme for NatGeo and works in an advisory capacity with the Anandana Trust.
We welcome Dia as the Ambassador for Genesis Foundation and look forward to working with her.
To view Dia’s message about GF, click here
To view Dia’s message from #KasauliRnB 2016, click here
To view Dia’s interview on Bloomberg TV, click here click here
Our Past Ambassadors
In the past, Genesis Foundation was thrilled to have Parvathy Omanakuttan as our Goodwill Ambassador and Aadi Sharma as our Young Ambassador. They helped us in spreading awareness for children who need help the most. Parvathy visited orphanages and children under our care. It has been a great boost for not just the team but for our Hope and Care partners as well. And of course, children always smiled when they saw Parvathy.
Though he was only a child, Aadi was an up and coming writer who exceled not only in essays but in sports and was a great speaker at Genesis Foundation’s events. We wish him all the best for the future!
Goodwill Ambassador Parvathy Omanakuttan
“My heart lies in giving less fortunate children a chance to live and I have therefore offered my time to the children who are treated for cancer, heart surgeries, thalassemia, organ failure or extreme deformities by signing up as Goodwill Ambassador of Genesis Foundation. I have always cared for the less fortunate and have naturally reached out to them in my everyday life.”
Born in Kottayam, a quaint town in the land of the beautiful backwaters of Kerala, Parvathy lived and studied in Mumbai and became the cynosure of the entire nation when she won the title of Miss India 2008 with her beauty, grace, charm and wit.
Soon thereafter she went on to win 1st Runner Up Miss World in 2008. Since then, she has modelled for several designers (including Hemant Trivedi, Ritu Kumar, J J Vallaya and international designers) and acted in films (Billa2 and Pizza) and television commercials (Garnier, Pantene and several others).
Young Ambassador Aadi Sharma
Aadi Sharma is 12 years old and studies in The Shri Ram School, Moulsari Campus, Gurgaon. His size and face belie the fact that he really is in Class VIII. He was the Junior School House Captain (Vasundhara) and was awarded Special Commendation Runner’s Up Award at the Commonwealth Essay Competition for a story he wrote at school.
Says Aadi “We are fortunate to be born with good health and I wish to help children less fortunate then me. At Genesis Foundation, so far 91 lives who had little or no chance to survive have been saved and I hope all of you will contribute to the cause of saving lives”.
Aadi loves reading – mostly fiction – writing and drawing Manga-style comics, which are currently unpublished and only for the eyes of his friends at school. His favourite writers are Eoin Colfer of the Artemis Fowl fame, Jonathan Stroud, Rick Riordan and Anthony Horowitz. He doesn’t much care for J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, which he thought was overrated.
Aadi also runs, plays soccer. He is an avid gamer on consoles like Wii, Nintendo DS and his PC. He also enjoys travelling and has visited several cities in India and Europe.
He may be small and tiny, much to his dismay, but is happy to be brainy. Aadi repeatedly tries to convey to his peers and parents that intelligence is not about the marks you score, but about lateral thinking. The message doesn’t quite get across, especially to his teachers.
Aadi loves animals and lives with a battle-scarred Tom cat, wimpy smaller cat and a grumpy dog. All types of animals have some endearing quality, with the sole exception of his Lhasa Apso called Daz, who growls at him whenever he hugs her. She, incidentally, is going to be put up for adoption very soon, but his parents don’t know about it yet.