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CEO sings for GF Kids Bengaluru 2016 : Pre-event press release


13 corporate heads to showcase their singing talent to raise funds for the underprivileged


Bangalore, 05 July, 2016: Genesis Foundation (GF) is all set to bring together 13 top CEOs from the corporate world for a special fundraising event ‘CEOs Sing For GF Kids’ on July 17, at Mysore Hall, ITC Gardenia, Bengaluru. The event is the 16th edition of GF’s flagship fundraiser that will host some of the most talented and renowned CEOs singing and performing for the audiences so as to raise money for the treatment of 8 critically ill, under privileged children.

Continuing with their efforts to bring a smile on the kids’ faces, every year, the corporate heads of reputed firms come together to show their love and support for these children. ‘CEOs Sing for GF kids’ was recently concluded in Mumbai where 17 CEOs performed for saving lives. The platform not only gives life a chance, but also sends a strong message out in the community to help the ones who are in most need.

The lineup for the Bengaluru edition is as exciting as it can be with 13 CEOs all geared up to perform at ITC Gardenia in the city.

  • Thomas Chandy, CMD and Chief of Orthopedics, Hosmat Hospitals
  • Ajit Saldanha, CEO, Eventually International Entertainment
  • Arati Rao, Founder, B-Flat
  • Manoj Nair, Co-Founder & President, Novel Office Spaces
  • Suprotik Das, Managing Director, Nordson India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Atul Ahuja, COO, Handy Train
  • Ramesh Jude Thomas, President & CKO, EQUiTOR Value Advisory Pvt. Ltd.
  • Philipe Haydon, CEO, The Himalayan Drug Company
  • Vinit Store, CEO, The Quadron Business Park
  • VK AnandKumar, CFO, Rambus Chip Technologies India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Anand AnandKumar, CEO & MD, Bugworks Research India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Mehmood Curmally, MD, Rhythm House
  • Sulaiman Jamal, CMD, Bevel Gears India Pvt. Ltd.

Speaking on the occasion, Prema Sagar, Founder Trustee, Genesis Foundation, said, “The excitement and anticipation builds up yet again as we come closer to the CEOs blowing us away, with their talent and dedication towards our cause in Bangalore. We want nothing more but to raise funds to financially support the critically ill children whose parents approach the Genesis Foundation to Give Life a Chance for their little ones.”

Over the years, ‘CEOs Sing for GF Kids’ has progressively become an institution in fund-raising initiatives to Give Life A Chance. In keeping with the Foundation’s core philosophy of building a participatory culture of giving, rather than chequebook philanthropy, musically-inclined CEOs give their time to the cause even as they find an outlet for their talent and their passion.

Each year, CEOs Sing For GF Kids gives corporate leaders a chance to take time out from their hectic schedules to step out of the boardroom and get on to the stage to showcase their talent. The CEOs, some of whom are long-time friends of GF, personify the message that GF is committed to spread—that these critically ill children need our support urgently, but ‘giving’ doesn’t need to be a sombre act. It can be fun and participative—all we need to realise is that the time to give is NOW, whether we ‘give’ time, monetary support or spread awareness.

In its last edition of ‘CEOs Sing for GF Kids’ at Mumbai, Genesis Foundation also launched the GF Song- Gudgudee, composed by Indian and western fusion band, Divine Raaga. The song has been sung by children, for children. The children who sung the song would be a part of the Bangalore fund raiser.

And, this is what the performing CEOs have to say:

Anand Anandkumar, CEO & MD, Bugworks Research India Private Limited said, “Genesis Foundation has been doing yeoman service by helping children with various illness’ with their medical expenses. In a country like India where the average person cannot afford medical help, and there is little to no insurance to fall back on, its wonderful NGO’s like GF that have stepped up to the plate to support these children. I salute their cause and service. I feel deeply honoured to play a very small role on the foundation’s journey, by partaking in their upcoming fundraiser program. Thank you for this opportunity!”

Philipe Haydon, CEO, The Himalaya Drug Company, said “I’ve been associated with the Genesis Foundation fund raising events over the last four years, having performed at the R&B festivals at Kasauli and Goa as well as at the Bangalore editions of the CEO sing event. While I’m extremely active on the professional music circuit and play quite a bit, I must say that the satisfaction of performing for a fund raiser that saves lives is simply the greatest. I salute this noble cause and most importantly these wonderful people who put so much of effort into organizing these events just to make a difference in other’s lives. May their tribe increase.”

Ajit Saldanha, CEO, Eventually International Entertainment “The GF has chosen to shoulder the Himalayan burden of raising funds for those who live on life’s margins and while making this part of our daily routine may not be an option for most of us who lack the skill sets or compassion necessary, I enjoy being a small part of these evenings doing something I love. As Dickens once said, “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”

About Genesis Foundation:

Genesis Foundation facilitates medical treatment for critically ill under-privileged children in the areas of Heart, Cancer & Thalassemia. Support in the said critical illnesses, varies from specific medical intervention, recovery and recuperation, to extended treatments like surgeries, chemotherapy and follow-up medicines post surgeries. We Give Life a Chance.

So far, we have supported medical treatment of over 900 critically ill children. The children supported by the Foundation belong to families with an income of less than Rs. 10,000 per month and the parents are unable to afford treatment of these children suffering from serious life-threatening ailments.

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

GF is registered under Section 12-A and 80-G of the Income Tax Act, which entitles 50% tax exemption.  GF is also registered under FCRA allowing it to receive foreign funds.