THE LOOMBA TRUST HOSTS DIWALI AT THE GUILDHALL IN LONDON - Special Guest Preity Zinta
The Loomba Trust is hosting the annual gala dinner, which celebrates the Indian National Festival of Lights, Diwali, at London’s historical and prestigious landmark – the 800-year old Guildhall on Thursday 8th October 2009.
Cherie Blair, President of the Loomba Trust, will welcome Preity Zinta, a famous Bollywood star, who won the best actress award at the Chicago International Film Festival for Deepa Mehta’s film Heaven and Earth, in which she played the role of a wife subjected to domestic violence in the film.
Preity said she was honoured to be associated with such a prestigious charity and as her mother was widowed when she was only 13 years old she fully understands the problems such women face due to widowhood. I want to support the work of the Loomba Trust to alleviate the plight of widows in India and other countries.
There are more than 100million widows estimated worldwide, many of whom suffer dreadful prejudice and discrimination – are denied their right to inheritance, abused, isolated and pushed to the very fringes of society. And, of course, it is their children who are punished, often forced to opt out of school because of lack of money.
Diwali at the Guildhall will attract over 400 guests including corporate leaders, politicians and diplomats from both the British and Indian communities in London. The reception will begin at 6:30 PM followed by dinner and the evening’s program at 8.00 PM. Yana Gupta from Bollywood and the Bhangra King Malkiat Singh will entertain the guests. For ticket reservations and more information, please call 02088969922 or email sally(at)theloombatrust.org or visit www.theloombatrust.org.