Asian Power Couples including Avnish & Anita Goyal and Mike & Shalina Tobin turned out to support the British Asian Trust ‘Give A Girl a Future’ appeal on 12th September 2016. Organised in association with GMSP Foundation, set up by Ramesh and Pratibha Sachdev in 2006 to support vulnerable communities in India and the UK, the appeal was launched with a Rise on the Runway fashion show featuring couture by Raishma Islam and shoes by Lucy Choi, niece of the legendary Jimmy Choo. Hosted at London’s Hilton Waldorf hotel, others attending included Karan and Radhika Chanana; BAT Trustee Shalni Arora, albeit without her husband Simon Arora; Dipika Khaitan Executive Director at education charity The Akshaya Patra Foundation, without her husband Abhishek and over other 150 guests.
Sonal Sachdev Patel, CEO of, GMSP Foundation said: “This is an incredibly important appeal to support the lives of vulnerable girls, women and their families in South Asia. The ‘Give a Girl a Future’ campaign is aiming to transform the lives of 100,000 girls, women and their families in South Asia through an appeal that will see the UK Government match all donations by members of the UK public made before December 7th.
In some rural areas, 94 women in every 100 have no work and even those with work, may earn as little as 17p per day. With no skills or hope the brutal reality for thousands of girls born into poverty in South Asia is that they have no real future.
Money from the UK Government will support girls and women in Pakistan to access the skills they need to secure a sustainable livelihood.”
About the British Asian Trust:
The British Asian Trust supports the development of a South Asia that maximises the potential of its people, and that is free from inequality and injustice. It was founded in 2007 by HRH The Prince of Wales and a group of visionary leaders from the British Asian business community.
About the Give a Girl a Future Appeal
Donations to the British Asian Trust before 7th December 2016 will support some of the poorest people in South Asia. The UK Government will match all donations up to a maximum of £5 million during the appeal. This match funding will be used to give girls a future in Pakistan by supporting them to get the skills and opportunities they need to secure a sustainable livelihood.
GMSP foundation was set up by Ramesh and Pratibha Sachdev in 2006 to support vulnerable communities in India and the UK. They invest in immediate needs and long term mindset change. Their focus is women and girls who they believe are the engine of social change.
Having trained under distinguished designer Elizabeth Emanuel, famed for creating Princess Diana’s iconic wedding dress, Raishma was inspired to launch her self- named label in 1998 after much anticipation and to high acclaim. From a couture and bespoke background, Raishma is renowned for creating exceptional and beautiful gowns. With 20 years of expertise and experience, the established designer has had the privilege of dressing British Royal Family member, HRH Princess Beatrice and HRH Princess Eugenie and A-list celebrities including Mel B and Hollywood actress Goldie Hawn.
About Lucy Choi:
Lucy Choi launched her brand in 2012, pioneering the next generation of luxury footwear. She has combined her unique heritage, set of fashion credentials, and design expertise in order to establish an innovative shoe label that is at the same time extremely chic, comfortable and affordable. With her uncle Jimmy as an influential role model, Lucy learned early on the importance of character, comfort & craftsmanship, which was to become the founding ethos of her brand.