Shastri, the 'face' of charity event at Tolly

Calcutta: Former India captain and cricket manager Ravi Shastri will be "the face" of a charity event here on February 8.

Organised by Children's Hope India (CHI), which is registered in the US, and the Tollygunge Club, the event centres around a golf tournament and a "gala evening."

Interestingly, the India chapter of CHI has also been registered, as Children's Hope, in New Delhi, and should start functioning soon.

The tournament is being called the CHI Cup and, in keeping with the nature of the event, every golfer is going to "donate" a minimum of Rs 5,000.

All for a worthy cause.

Indeed, proceeds will go to New Light, a charitable trust, which focuses on the sex workers and their children in the Kalighat area. New Light's founder trustee is Urmi Basu.

"We expect around 150 golfers and aim to raise about Rs 10 lakh... The response to CHI's maiden fundraiser in India has been so heartwarming," remarked the New Yorkbased Veekay Tejpaul, a businessman who is on the tournament committee.

To raise funds, different categories have been drawn up ' benefactor (a minimum donation of Rs 50,000), diamond sponsor, platinum sponsor, gold sponsor, silver sponsor and more.

Tejpaul has been an "active supporter" of CHI, which was registered in 1992. Incidentally, all its officebearers are ladies.

Madhur Jaffrey is one of CHI's advisers.

Helping too is Virender Nath, who got Shastri on board. "I've known Ravi for decades... Just one call and he agreed... We're grateful to him," Nath, who shuttles between London and Calcutta, pointed out.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Shastri said: "I couldn't say no to such a noble cause... The response, I understand, is terrific and that's great news."

Shastri (now 50) has, in the past, done plenty of work for Unicef as its national goodwill ambassador.

Kavita Lund, the president of CHI, is going to be here on the big day.


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