In early 2020, Chris, chairman of international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills’ India practice, will cycle 4,500km over 45 days from the Kanyakumari in South to Kashmir in North of India.
Chris’ ride will raise money for the Loomba Foundation and its efforts to support widows and their children through economic empowerment and childhood education.
The flagging off ceremony was held on 2nd Feb 2020 and ride started on 03rd Feb 2020 from Kanyakumari.
Jai Shroff, Global CEO of UPL Ltd said, “We commend Chris on his commitment to undertaking this feat of endurance, and are honoured to be able to support the cause of helping empower Indian women and children through increasing their economic independence and improving access to childhood education.”
The Loomba Foundation is a non-profit, UN accredited, international NGO which helps widows and their children regardless of race, gender or religion.
Foundation aim is to eradicate discrimination against widows, lobby governments to give widows their due pensions and rightful inheritances, empower widows through employment opportunities and educate their children.
In India they are involved in two programs, educating the children of widows and a skills training program to help 30,000 widows in India.
The skills training includes sewing machines and stitching as well as learning skills for a variety of industries to include telecommunications (call centres), beauty/wellness, healthcare/caregiving, tourism/hospitality, food processing, textile/apparel, agriculture and automotives.