Barry J Palmer, Second Vice President of The International Association of Lions Clubs, and Lord Raj Loomba CBE, Founder and Chairman Trustee of The Loomba Foundation were in India to present the sewing machines to the widows.
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NEW DELHI: To commemorate International Women’s Day 2012, The Loomba Foundation, in collaboration with Lions Clubs International, gave away sewing machines with stands to 73 poor widows to empower them with new livelihood. The Loomba Foundation has also organized training of these widows in garment stitching. Barry J Palmer, Second Vice President of The International Association of Lions Clubs, and Lord Raj Loomba CBE, Founder and Chairman Trustee of The Loomba Foundation were in India to present the sewing machines to the widows.
Lord Loomba, whose relentless efforts were instrumental in getting official recognition from United Nations General Assembly for 23rd June as International Widows Day, says, “While it is important to create awareness, it is also imperative to take concrete action to help women uphold their self-esteem by making a real difference to their lives at the grass root levels.
This Women’s Day, we hope that our support will help empower these poor widows to courageously face the double burden of supporting themselves as well as their children.” The Loomba Foundation has also funded education of over 6500 children of poor widows to support 27000 family members in 29 states of India since 1999, and is providing education to another 3000 children of widows in distress this year.
Welcoming Barry J Palmer, Second Vice President of The International Association of Lions Clubs at the event, Lord Loomba said, “Barry Palmer’s contributions to social causes are known worldwide and he has been recognized with several awards including the Australian Medal issued by the Australian Government, the Australian Childhood Cancer Research Award, the Spastic Centre of NSW Award and the Lions Club’s highest honor, Ambassador of Good Will Award. It is an honor that he could join us today for this Women’s Day event in India.”
Also present at the event were Naresh Aggarwal, Past International Director, Lions Clubs International; Ramesh C Nangia, District Governor, Lions Club and other dignitaries.
At another event organized today by the Shaheed Rajpal DAV School, Dayanand Vihar, The Loomba Foundation also distributed scholarship cheques to the children of poor widows studying at the school. Besides Lord Raj Loomba CBE, Founder and Chairman Trustee of The Loomba Foundation as the Chief Guest, also present were Pratap Singh, Country Head, The Loomba Foundation, and senior management of DAV School including Dr. N R Uberoi, Vice Chairman, K L Khurana, Manager and school principal Renu Laroiya.
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