Kohli bats for deprived kids with charity gala

Kohli bats for deprived kids with charity gala

By OUR CORRESPONDENT | | 14 May, 2016
Virat Kohli sharing a smile with the Smile Foundation kids.
Virat Kohli Foundation has joined hands with Smile Foundation, a national level development organization, to support the cause of empowerment of underprivileged Children and Youth. Smile Foundation is a national level development organisation benefitting over 400,000 underprivileged children, their families and the community directly through 158 welfare projects on subjects such as education, healthcare, livelihood, and women empowerment across 25 states of India. 
It is a one-its-kind charity dinner in Mumbai which will be organised in June. Virat Kohli who is going to host the charity dinner, which will be attended by eminent cricketers, industry stalwarts, corporate honchos, Bollywood personalities and achievers from diverse fields.  The experiential evening will have a five course Michelin starred dinner curated by Chef Vikas Khanna for 200 distinguished guests. Also, there will be an auction of priceless, crème de la crème luxury items as well as high power entertainment to bring the evening alive. 
Speaking on this occasion Virat Kohli said “Children and Youth are the next generation of students, leaders, entrepreneurs, and the future of the country and there is no better tool other than education to empower them. This initiative is not just about fulfilling their basic needs, but making them able to take care of their own needs – giving them an opportunity to learn, equipping them to face challenges and preparing them to be tomorrow’s leaders. I am glad to be associated with Smile Foundation and contribute towards this endeavor. ” 
 Michelin starred Chef Vikas Khanna, Global Ambassador for Smile Foundation has been advocating the cause of Nutrition for Education.  In the same vein, Chef Vikas Khanna said, “Proper nutrition is crucial for our younger generation and to ensure that they are surging ahead towards building a stronger India. My association with Smile Foundation is towards ensuring that no child misses out on education because of the lack of nutrition. With the first ever auction of Utsav, I am reiterating my pledge to raise a MillionDollar4Nutrition to eradicate malnutrition in my heartland - India.’’
Talking about the endeavour, Mr. Santanu Mishra, Co-Founder and Executive Trustee, Smile Foundation, said, “Virat Kohli is one of the most loved youth icons of the day, embodying the hopes, aspirations and dreams of millions of young people across the country. We appreciate philanthropic values of Virat Kohli Foundation. To have him support the cause of empowerment for children and youth strengthens our resolve to reach out to thousands of those unreached young people who are still struggling to come out of the vicious cycle of poverty and help them write their own destinies with the power of education.” 
He further added “Michelin starred Chef Vikas Khanna has been instrumental in taking the cause of nutrition to soaring heights. It is our pleasure to have committed individuals like Chef Vikas Khanna.”

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