Magic Bus, is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) set up in Mumbai to work with street children.
Magic Bus supports over 360,000 children and 8,500 young people across 22 states in India and recently launched a pilot programme in the UK. Magic Bus enables some of the world’s poorest families to move out of poverty. Using a mentoring model and a sport-based curriculum, it engages children and ensures that they make the right choices from childhood to adult. You can read more about them here.
Start-Up of the Year – My Life Films
My Life Films is a charity that uses filmmaking to improve the lives of people with dementia.
They make free films that tell their life-stories, celebrating memories and shifting focus away from the illness. The work they do improves the quality of life of both the patient and their family. You can read more about them here.
Outstanding Achievement – Priya Varadarajan, Founder And Trustee, Durga
Priya Varadarajan is the Founder of DURGA, a citizen’s initiative that brings out inherent skills among Indian women and young girls to recognise and deter crime. During the horrific episode in New Delhi that shook the entire nation, Priya felt that there is something that needs to be done with skill building among Indian women to recognise behaviour and identify appropriate and inappropriate behaviour so that they can respond to it.
DURGA today is a 1000 plus member initiative, with a team of facilitators working with women across all segments of society, educating women on how to respond to harassment in public spaces all through awareness and preparedness skills. You can read more about them here.
Outstanding PR Team – London Air Ambulance
London’s Air Ambulance is a charity that operates in partnership with both Barts Health NHS Trust and London Ambulance Service.
London Ambulance Service (LAS) similarly provide paid paramedics who are seconded to the service. A London’s Air Ambulance advanced trauma paramedic operates from the LAS control room and is responsible for dispatching us to the most critically injured people in London, 24 hours a day. You can read more about them here.
Fundraising Campaign – Polio Children
Polio Children was set up in 2003 to educate the poor and physically challenged children, in India and Africa, so they could all look forward to a life of hope and dignity. The charity is helping empower young people with Polio and ensure that they have a long and fruitful future. You can read more about them here.
Most Enterprising – Shanti Life
Shanti Life is a micro-finance charity which gives small loans to women in India to enable them to start a business and provide for their family. They transfer skills in entrepreneurship, finance, technology, social work, sustainability and training to people who are vulnerable.
The work they do helps the women create a sustainable living and can change the life of an entire family. You can read more about them here.
Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility – SRF Foundation
The SRF Foundation is a leading multi-business entity engaged in textiles, chemicals, packaging films, and engineering plastics.
The Foundation builds on the heritage of its founders, the late Sir Shri Ram and late Dr Bharat Ram, who both believed in contributing to society particularly through education. You can read more about them here.
Investment Management Award – Sarasin & Partners
Sarasin & Partners’ fundamental purpose is to deliver strong, long-term investment performance and exceptional client service.
Their core values are the guiding principles on which they perform their work and conduct themselves. In an ever-changing world, they remain constant and form the foundation of everything they do at Sarasin & Partners.
You can read more about them here.