kids on Boogie Woogie as “special guests”
kids say “Boo” with Boogie Woogie judges Javed Jaffrey,
Naved Jaffrey and Ravi Behl, along with the host and participants
of the show and Bollywood singer Ankit Tiwari
from Smile Foundation visited the sets of the iconic dance reality
show Boogie Woogie in Mumbai and shot for a special episode. The
kids were thrilled to meet the show judges Javed Jaffrey, Ravi Behl
and Naved Jaffrey, along with the junior dancing stars of the kids'
The children were received as special guests
on the show and had a great time interacting with the judges and
watching the performances live.
Boogie Woogie turned up a couple of unexpected
surprises for the kids as they also got to meet seasoned Bollywood
actor Jackie Shroff on the show, who shares a good rapport with
the kids and is a favourite with them.
Bollywood singing sensation Ankit Tiwari was also present on the
show and mesmerized the children with his performance so much that
Javed Jaffrey requested him for an encore, especially for Smile
in support of Girl Child Education
Illustrated and Park Hyatt Chennai hosted 'Ai-Smile'
- a unique Charity Gala in aid of Smile Foundation.
Organised in association with Alliance Group and Gatsby,
it was an evening of seminal awakenings with affordable
art, discerning collectibles, a delectable spread
and soul stirring music, all in an effort to empower
girl children by raising funds for their education.
The event started with Affordable Art Exhibit showcasing
a strong ensemble of women artists such as Anjolie
Ela Menon, Seema Kohli, Sujata Achrekar, Tanujaa Rane,
Asma Menon, Premalatha, Sheshadri, Benitha Perciyal,
Parvathi Nayar, Anamika.V, Razia Tony and Manisha
An interactive installation by Chennai artist Jacob
Jebaraj was a unique element that symbolically reflected
the winds of social change that art can enable. The
invitees got to tie a red ribbon around the installation
pledging their support for girl child education.
Responsible brands Audi, Bluewaters Sports Fishing,
Red Earth-Kabini resort, Air France, Toni & Guy,
Urban Chakra Spa, Chennai Diamonds, Prestige men's
collection, Club Mahindra, Nerolac-SRK, Alliance Group,
besides designers Manish Malhotra, Archana Kochhar,
and Salima Lalani, supported the initiative.
absorb the aesthetic spread embedded with the message of empowering
the girl child
to pave the road for children's education
Islands HOG members ride Miles for Smiles in support of child
Foundation in association with Seven Islands HOG (Harley
Owners Group) organized a Harley ride to support the cause
of children's education. Termed 'Miles for Smiles', the
initiative sought to highlight the plight of millions of
children forced into child labour and to spread awareness
about importance of education amongst the most deserving
The event was flagged
off from Bandra, Mumbai around 6:00 am. Around 50 Harley
owners from the Seven Islands H.O.G. extended their support
by riding 100 kms to Lonavala during this event. Proceeds
from the ride will benefit the children under Smile Foundation's
Mission Education programme.
Ameya Kapnadak, Assistant
Director, Seven Islands H.O.G. Chapter, said, “It
is quite ironic, actually. A couple of days from now, the
world celebrates the International Labor Day, as a turning
point in worker rights. And here in India, we see rampant
child labor – right from maids in our homes to farm
and factory workers. So we said let's do our bit to put
these kids where they belong – in schools.”
kids visit Kidzania on Anaira's birthday
kids enjoy a role playing activity at Kidzania
celebrated her first birthday with a difference by throwing a party
for Smile Foundation kids at Kidzania Amusement Park in Mumbai.
Over 250 Smile children were part of the celebration.
The kids enjoyed themselves
at the Park and got a huge treat complete with cake, snacks and
goodies. They had fun doing a lot of role playing where the children
played out their dream roles of becoming doctor, engineer, soldier,
banker, etc. They also made their own chocolates, donuts and fizzy
drinks in the miniature factories.
Anaira's mother, Snehal, a leading Herbalife distributor, will be
supporting the education of more than 200 underprivileged children
for a period of three years under Smile Foundation's Mission Education
programme. Hebalife has also been providing nutritional support
to 3000 children under the programme for the last three years.
CEOs turn Chefs for a Cause
CEOS celebrate with Smile kids after the cook-out
CEOs came together at The Leela Palace Bangalore, along with their
spouses, to show that 'Men can Cook.' They had a special purpose
too – to raise support for Smile Foundation's children in
Suresh Soni from Nova Medical Centres, Suhas Bhide from IBM, Navneet
Kapoor from Target, Atul Ujagar from Nike, Anurag Kashyap from MOOG,
and Rob Hess from Fidelity Investments joined the fray.
The corporate leaders shared a great rapport
with the Smile kids invited there. The children joined each of the
CEOs and assisted them during the culinary competition. The panel
of judges consisted of The Leela's Executive Chef Rudolf Eichele,
along with Farzana Contractor and Kripal Amanna.
CNBC TV18 had joined hands with The Leela for making the event a
success for the benefit of Smile Foundation children. The Upper
Crust magazine also lent its support towards the cause.
Tarita Shankar as Smile Foundation's Goodwill Ambassador in Pune
Tarita Shankar, Chairperson, Indira Group of Institutes
has become the Goodwill Ambassador in Pune to support the
cause of educating the girl children. She also celebrated
her 50th birthday with Smile Foundation's children, besides
extending her support towards education of 75 girl children
for a year.
“Being a woman I understand
how much an educated woman contributes towards the growth
and development of the society. I am confident that more
people will join me in strengthening the cause and spreading
smiles among the girl children through the gift of education,”
said Dr. Tarita Shankar. Along with Smile Foundation, she
aims at designing engagement opportunities where likeminded
people can come together and raise awareness and resources
for the cause.
Dr. Tarita Shankar holds a Gold Medal in Arts and a Degree
in Law. Education is her first love, evidenced by her pioneering
effort in building institutions that impart education -
from playgroups to post graduation and doctoral studies.
kids hand over the Goodwill Ambassador certificate to Dr. Tarita Shankar
for supporting girl child education
Foundation runs the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon
Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon (SCMM) 2014 got over
within a few hours but its life altering impact continues
to reverberate in the improved lives of the beneficiaries
long after the event. Smile Foundation, like every year,
participated in the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon.
Corporate like State Bank of India, LIC India, Abbott Healthcare
Pvt. Ltd. and Balkrishna Industries Limited (BKT) participated
and ran for Smile Foundation to support the cause of education
for underprivileged children.
The SCMM is an opportunity for NGOs
to not only build their resource mobilization capacity but
also more importantly an opportunity to build and nurture
relationships with their supporters. Every year around 38,000
runners take part in the event in various categories.
Employees of supporting corporate
along with students from Smile Foundation's Smile Twin e-Learning
Programme (STeP) participated in the Marathon and campaigned
for the cause of children and youth empowerment through
At Smile Foundation's “Cheering
Zone”, young volunteers and music band from Thakur
College of Engineering were in full swing and performed
a mesmerizing flash mob to cheer all the supporting corporate.
Bollywood celebrity, Ms. Prachi Desai, also supported the
cause by cheering at the grand stand.
Vikas Khanna joins 'Nutrition for Better Literacy' Campaign
Starred celebrity Indian Chef Vikas Khanna has joined hands
with Smile Foundation as the Goodwill Ambassador for the
latter's 'Nutrition for Better Literacy' initiative. Chef
Vikas aims at benefitting 5000 underprivileged children
with nutrition support during the year, under Smile Foundation's
Mision Education programme.
Expressing his excitement for his new role, Chef Vikas said,
“I am very proud to join hands with Smile Foundation
and help make a difference in the lives of children by providing
them nutrition for better literacy. While Indian cuisine
is going global, malnutrition is on the rise in India. It
is unfortunate that three out of ten children in India have
stunted growth. Therefore, as ambassador for the cause,
I am working towards providing nutrition to 5000 children
this year. It's a small step, a small beginning for a cause
that is close to my heart.”
Vikram Singh Verma, COO, Smile Foundation handing over the Goodwill
Ambassador certificate to Chef Vikas Khanna
Footballer Robin Singh for Women Empowerment
Singh interacts with girls from STeP's Bangalore centre as a girl
carries his special gift to them, an autographed football
Robin Singh celebrated the spirit of Indian women in Bangalore,
on the eve of International Women's Day. He joined fifteen spirited
girls of Smile Foundation who were striving to make an identity
of their own although they had come from difficult backgrounds.
All the girls were from Smile Twin e-Learning Programme (STeP) centre
Robin was enthralled to join the cause. “We
must enable the women in our society to understand their real worth
and equip them with the power of equality. I feel that male involvement
is imperative in women empowerment. All these girls symbolize the
spirit of 'living your dream' as they have got the right platform
and support. I wish them the very best and I hope they become a
force to reckon with,” said Robin Singh, the ace forward of
After a symbolic cake cutting ceremony, Robin also gifted the girls
an autographed football, encouraging them to take up sports.
Smile kids at “Dance Week” with Sandip Soparrkar
Soparrkar performing with Smile kids at the Dance Week
Soparrkar, ace dancer-choreographer and maestro, invited Smile Foundation
children to dance with them during India's first 'Dance Week' -
a festival featuring the best dance acts from across the world.
The Dance Week was organised at Phoenix Market
City in Mumbai and attended by celebrities and eminent personalities
from the film and fashion industry. The event hosted a variety of
dance styles, including folk, classical, couples, contemporary,
hip hop and Bollywood.
Mr. Soparrkar trained Smile Foundation children and danced with
them at the Grand Finale of the Dance Week. The children, who had
put in their best efforts for the show, were thrilled to perform
in front of the distinguished crowd. Their performance on a specially
created fusion track was highly appreciated by the guests.
celebs adorn the
Foundation showcased the 5th edition of its charity fashion show
'Ramp for Champs' at ITC Grand Central, Mumbai. With a special focus
on education for girl children, funds raised through Ramp for Champs
will be utilized through Smile Foundation's Mission Education programme.
This edition of Ramp For Champs had a starry
line-up of 45 personalities from all walks of life and 17 responsible
brands who came together to support the cause of education for underprivileged
The ramp line-up included names like Sushmita
Sen, Amrita Rao, Chef Vikas Khanna, Monisha Jaisingh, Shweta Pandit,
Amrita Arora, Sangram Singh, Payal Rohatgi, Shilpa Saklani Agnihotri,
Hasleen Kaur, Rajneesh Duggal, Ramona Arena, Aroona Bhatt, Gajara
Kothari, Srishti Arya, Soni Razdan, Shaheen Bhatt, Veena Bakshi,
Sophie Premji, VJ Andy, Sarita Madhavan, Dr. Mugdha Raut, Shama
Sikander, Deepika Singh, Malvika Raaj, Soumya Tandon, Anita Raj,
Krishika Lulla and Evelyn Sharma.
Mesmerizing performances by Shweta Pandit
and Sandip Soparrkar added zest to the event.
Ramp for Champs Mumbai 2014 was presented
by Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC). Other valuable partners
were I AM Foundation, Nerolac, Reliance, Vatika Group, Indira Group
of Institutes, Air France-KLM, Amway, Jean Claude, Estrada, Soapbox,
One Stop Makeovers, Chandrakala Sanap, Tellychakkar, ITC Grand Central,
Dfashion.tv, Global Advertisers, Coca Cola and Wellness Consultant,
Star designers Archana Kochhar, Ken Ferns, Salim Asgarally,
Salima Lalani and Sonaakshi Raaj extended their support to the cause by
showcasing their special collections. The show was directed by ace choreographer
Sinha organizes special screening of Rio 2 for Smile kids
star Sonakshi Sinha, who has lent her voice for the Hindi
version of animated movie Rio 2, organized a special screening
of the film for Smile Foundation children in Mumbai. In
a day full of fun and fiesta, the children had a memorable
time and were thrilled to watch the movie along with Sonakshi.
Expressing her happiness, Sonakshi
said, “There is no better way to celebrate this moment
for me than to be amongst these kids. The kids of Smile
Foundation never fail to put the biggest smile on my face.
Thank you for making the Rio 2 screening extra special.”
Sonakshi and the children were excited
to cut the special cake with Rio 2 theme after which they
enjoyed the movie with delicious snacks. Sonakshi also gifted
each child with a goody bag. As always, Sonakshi and the
kids were inseparable throughout the meet.
introduces Smile kids to the animated character Rio, from the movie
by Bangalore Mirror for Smile kids
Abbas shakes a leg with Smile kids
Mirror had conceptualised an initiative named 'Mirror-4-Joy' to
familiarise its readers with Smile Foundation children and to sensitize
them about the larger cause of child development.
More than 300 children from Mission Education
programme's Nava Karnataka centre were invited to St. Antony's Church,
Kaval Byrasandra. From dancing to singing and screaming, the children
did it all with much glee and enthusiasm while volunteers and elders
played host to them.
A varied mix of students, youth, homemakers
and working professionals came from all parts of Bangalore to make
it very special for the children. Hosting by MC Abbas; one of Bangalore's
most popular anchors, magic show by magician Karun Krishna, dance
performances and lots of singing had the children glued to their
seats in rapt attention.
A group of four youth from Mount Carmel Institute of Management
had also turned up to sell mugs and glasses they had hand-painted
themselves to raise funds for Smile Foundation children.
individual responsibility – Be an Angel
from MTS, Nokia Siemens and Aircel came forward to join
Smile Foundation's “Be an Angel” campaign and
raised need-based support for children under the Mission
Education programme. The campaign aimed at sensitizing and
mobilizing individuals to take up their social responsibility.
The employees pledged on the “Wish
Trees” put up at the different corporate offices and
supported the critical needs of children such as stationery,
school kits, uniforms and nutrition. Some of them also went
ahead to support the education of children for a whole year.
Enthusiastic participation from the
employees ensured the success of the campaign and they really
became angels in the lives of hundreds of underprivileged
Smile Foundation believes that unless members of the civil
society are involved proactively in the process of development,
sustainable change will not happen. Following this model
of Civic Driven Change, Smile Foundation sensitizes and
engages the civil society, making it an active partner in
all its welfare initiatives.
from Aircel flash a smile after pledging their
contribution on the Wish Tree
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