tGELF hosts SHURUAAT! gala in New York for Global Education

July 28, 2017

A star-studded SHURUAAT! gala was organised by the Global Education & Leadership Foundation (tGELF)*, bringing together the biggest celebrities from Bollywood and leaders from faith traditions, business, philanthropy, media, education and the arts, to work together on the challenge of Global Education, to address and achieve the 4th UN Sustainable Development Goal, Quality Education. All proceeds from the Gala will support work with global private and public sector partners to test and scale education innovation.

HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji – Muniji, President of Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh), Co-founder of the Divine Shakti Foundation and the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance(GIWA), was asked to bless the gala with His words of inspiration, “I am so glad to be amongst you today, in a room filled with people who know that the true happiness and meaning in life is in giving and serving others, because to me giving is truly living and living is giving. You are a group of people who just by being here have said it’s not ‘What for me?’ but ‘What through me?’ I am certain that with the able leadership of Shiv and Urvashi Khemka we can all join together in this vital cause of instilling our children with the core human values that inspire them to be leaders and problem solvers, where they know that no matter what challenge is in front of them they are the master key. Whether it’s poverty, climate change, lack of WASH, gender equality or any of the global goals-together they are the solution.”

Chairman of tGELF, Shiv Vikram Khemka, shared, “The challenges that face us over the coming years are daunting. We will all need to call upon our greatest reserves of human leadership in order to confront these issues over the coming decades. We will have to choose and support those young leaders who have the potential to lead our world through these challenges; leaders who can help resolve conflict, reduce inequity, and spread tolerance and understanding; leaders who are more interested in contribution than in accumulation. The Global Education & Leadership Foundation (tGELF) works towards preparing the next generation of leaders to be able to act as ethical global citizens in the face of daunting challenges that will be thrown open to them tomorrow. We are passionate about helping identify young leaders with strong values and then supporting them to develop to their full potential.”

Amongst those gracing the event included: the extraordinary A.R. Rahmanji, the talented Anupam Kherji, Gulshan Groverji, celebrity Chef Vikas Khannaji, educator Gowri Ishwaran, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji and many others.

Everyone was so touched by Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, their message and their divine presence.

*tGELF is dedicated to creating a movement of ethical and altruistic young leaders to improve our world. Through a variety of programs, it invests in the people and projects with the most potential to transform India in its role as a world leader. tGELF continue to build on our commitment of 13 years, working in 14 countries, to strengthen partnerships with public, private, social and multilateral institutions to testing and utilizing innovative technology to achieve this Global Goal by 2030.