The 12th edition of Genesis Foundation’s CEOs Sing for GF Kids was indeed an evening to celebrate, cherish and reassert GF’s long-standing pledge to support critically ill under-privileged children. The evening witnessed 11 business leaders crooning for a common cause – to support and raise funds for 8 critically ill children.
In what turned out to be a fun-filled evening at Mumbai’s ITC Grand Central, the event witnessed a medley of voices and personalities embracing center-stage, leaving the audience spellbound! Ending this entertaining affair on a high note, a rather fun jam session brought members of the audience to the dance floor.
In this unique fundraiser, supported by Pernod-Ricard and HDFC Realty, the participating CEOs demonstrated their singing talent with their repertoires ranging from Elvis Presley to Kishore Kumar & Mukesh songs!
The CEOs who took to the stage for this year’s CEOs Sing included:
» YM Deosthalee, Chairman & Managing Director, L&T Finance Holdings
» P Balaji, Dir. Regulatory & External Affairs, Vodafone
» Ashwin Deo, CEO, Trinity Vintners
» Geetu Verma, Executive Director Foods, Hindustan Unilever
» Sanjay Tandon, CEO, Music Composers Association of India & Singers Association of India
Dinesh Mirchandani, President India, Boyden Global Executive Search
» Hitesh Gajaria, Partner, KPMG
» Mehmood Curmally, MD, Rhythm House
» Pankajj Chaturvedi, Executive Director & CEO, Rich Graviss
» Vinit Store, Chief Executive Officer, Quadron Business Park
» V Vaidyanathan, Chairman and MD, Capital First
The audience was left mesmerised with renditions of Kishore songs by P Balaji while
YM Deosthalee sang Mohd. Rafi and Manna Dey songs. Mehmood Curmally and Geetu Verma belted out foot-tapping western numbers. Dinesh Mirchandani and Hitesh Gajaria amongst others had the audience dancing to their tunes!
Prema Sagar, Founding Trustee of Genesis Foundation said, “It is deeply satisfying to see the CEOs and the audience enjoy an evening filled with laughter, music and excellent conversation, all for a good cause. The success of the CEOs Sing for GF Kids initiative has always depended upon the auspices of corporate heads, and they have delivered in abundance. We look forward to their continued support for the treatment of the children and giving life a chance.”
Speaking on the occasion, Vikram Goel, CEO of HDFC Realty, said “HDFC Realty follows the ethos and values of its parent HDFC Ltd. This sponsorship is a small step in that direction. We truly appreciate the efforts of Genesis Foundation in supporting the well-being of under privileged children.”
This is what the participants had to say:
YM Deosthalee, Chairman & Managing Director, L&T Finance Holdings:
Genesis Foundation is doing an awesome job. I have performed for the 3rd time for GF and feel fully energized.
In fact, I am already looking forward to the next event with tremendous enthusiasm. It’s an excellent concept – the event is full of fun, all of us who are not professional singers are re-discovering our talent. Probably making a 2nd beginning in our lives and performing after many decades.
Mehmood Curmally, MD, Rhythm House:
It is such a magical evening. Absolutely awesome. Friends and family are having an absolute blast. Genesis Foundation’s purpose makes it even better! There is no better way to exhibit your love for anyone but through music. I’ve been with GF doing this since 4 years. The energy is fantastic. I hope that GF prospers and becomes bigger and better in what they do.
Pankajj Chaturvedi, Executive Director & CEO, Rich Graviss:
It is an honor to be able to do my bit for the society and Genesis Foundation’s event has been an amazing medium for me to do so. The kind of work GF has done for the children is commendable and exemplary. It is an ecstatic feeling to be a part of the event that helps GF to improve the lives of critically ill children and make a positive difference in their lives.
Hitesh Gajaria, Partner, KPMG:
It’s a personal highpoint to be here with Genesis Foundation and sing. It’s a privilege that I’ve been called upon for this performance.
The proceeds from the fundraiser events organised by Genesis Foundation go into supporting the treatment of critically ill under privileged children. Recently, 2-year-old Manoj Behere underwent surgery for an intra-cardiac problem that he was born with. A farmer in Odisha, his father Pitamber and his family barely survive on a meagre Rs 5000 a month. Treatment costs for Manoj were prohibitive. With support from Genesis Foundation and the good care he received at Mumbai’s Sion Hospital, Manoj’s surgery was a success. GF’s mission is to ensure that children like Manoj receive appropriate medical attention.
Genesis Foundation (GF) provides financial support for life-saving and life-changing medical intervention for critically ill under-privileged children in areas of cancer, cardiac disorder, post organ transplant medication, thalassemia and extreme deformities. Support from GF in the said five critical illnesses, varies from specific medical intervention, recovery and recuperation, to extended treatments like chemotherapy and follow-up medicines post surgeries. We Give Life a Chance.
So far, medical treatment of nearly 650 critically ill children has been supported by Genesis Foundation. The children supported by the Foundation belong to families with an income of less than Rs.10,000 per month and the parents are unable to afford treatment of these children suffering from serious life threatening ailments.
100% of funds raised are dedicated towards treatment of critically ill children as all overhead costs are borne by the trustees. GF is registered under section 80-G of the Income Tax Act of 1961, which entitles 50% tax exemption.