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Genesis Foundation hosts 11th CEOs Cook for GF Kids in Gurgaon

Gurgaon, February 07, 2015: Genesis Foundation today hosted CEOs Cook for GF Kids, a fundraiser event to provide support for the treatment of 8 critically ill, under-privileged children.

At this luncheon fundraiser event, held at Hotel Crown Plaza Today, Gurgaon, 11 CEOs prepared gourmet meals for nearly 200 enthusiastic attendees.

The air was thick with tantalising aromas as CEOs vied with each other to present a delectable spread for the invitees. The bright sunshine added that extra element of warmth at the event, which was already plush with conversations, music, laughter and, most importantly, the spirit of giving, of making a difference in someone’s life.

The following CEOs cooked to Give Life a Chance:

  1. Anasuya Gupta, Chairperson & MD, CICO Industries
  2. Anjali Nayar, President, Saatchi & Saatchi
  3. Anjali Singh, Senior Vice President, Genpact
  4. Antti Ohrling, Country Director, Rovio/Angry Birds
  5. H.E. Bernhard Wrabetz, Austrian Ambassador to India
  6. Colonel Chandoke, CEO, Victorinox India (P) Ltd
  7. Geetu Verma, Executive Director – Innovations, Hindustan Unilever Ltd.
  8. Kazem Samandari, Chairman, French Bakery Pvt. Ltd
  9. Sanjay Jain, MD – Management Consulting, Accenture
  10. Sanjiv Rai, MD & CEO, Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Service Limited
  11. Shashank Vira, Founding Partner, The Hearth Education Advisors

Akshay Deodhar, Pragnya Wakhlu and Melwyn Fernandes enthralled the celebrity chefs and attendees with their musical renditions.

CEOs Cook for GF Kids was made possible with the generous support of sponsors and partners – Pernod Ricard, Cargill India, Mini, SilverGlades, Client Associates, CRI Events, Crown Plaza Today – Gurgaon and Quik Relations.

Speaking on the occasion, Prema Sagar, Founder Trustee, Genesis Foundation, said, “It has been a thoroughly enjoyable day, with CEOs really putting their heart and soul into the dishes the prepared. I am really delighted to see so many people taking time from their busy schedules for the cause of supporting GF kids. It gives us a lot of satisfaction to know that so many companies and individuals are with us every step of the way in helping these children get a chance at life.”

And, this is what some of the participating CEOs have to say:

H.E. Bernhard Wrabetz, Austrian Ambassador to India

“Cooking has always fascinated me. I love to cook but chose the dessert counter because I am not very confident with desserts but it came out okay. I chose to be a part of this cause because I have kids of the same age so it is special to be able to do something for them.”

Anasuya Gupta – Chairperson & MD, CICO Technologies Ltd.

“I feel very humbled to be able to play a small part in this endeavour. Genesis Foundation’s work in helping the critically ill, under-privileged children is commendable. I hope many more of us who are blessed with good health will join hands and extend our support to the little ones.”

Geetu Verma, Executive Director – Innovations, Hindustan Unilever Ltd.

“The Genesis Foundation team inspires me with their passion and dedication for the cause in support of critically ill under-privileged and orphan children. I commend their ingenuity in finding such a wonderful platform that can bring like-minded people together to work for this cause and have a wonderful and satisfying time in doing so.”

Anjali Singh, VP HR & Training, Genpact

“I come from a family of foodies – it feels great to be a part of this initiative of Genesis Foundation.”

Shashank Vira, Founding Partner, The Hearth Education Advisors

“It feels so great to be standing behind the counter and cooking for those who need help.”

In order to raise resources to facilitate medical assistance to GF Kids, GF has created unusual and unique participative fund-raising events involving music, art and food. Some of these events are: Genesis Foundation’s Kasauli Rhythm &Blues Music Festival, Genesis Foundation’s JadhavGADH Music Festival, CEOs Sing for GF Kids, CEOs Cook for GF Kids, Musical Evenings, Art Shows, Theatre, and more. GF is also the beneficiary of CEO’s Got Talent, produced by FremantleMedia.

About Genesis Foundation (GF)

Genesis Foundation (GF) provides financial support for life-saving and life-changing medical intervention for critically ill under-privileged children in areas of cancer, cardiac disorder, post organ transplant medication, thalassemia and extreme deformities. Support from GF in the said five critical illnesses, varies from specific medical intervention, recovery and recuperation, to extended treatments like chemotherapy and follow-up medicines post surgeries. We Give Life a Chance.
So far, medical treatment of over 580 critically ill children has been supported by Genesis Foundation. The children supported by the Foundation belong to families with an income of less than ₹10,000/- per month and the parents are unable to afford treatment of these children suffering from serious life threatening ailments.

100% of funds raised are dedicated towards treatment of critically ill children as all overhead costs are borne by the trustees.

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