Since 1999, we have had more than 50 events across the globe in the UK, USA, Canada, South Africa, Kenya, Gabon, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal. Our President Cherie Blair and Patron-in-Chief Richard Branson, the Governments of the UK and the U.S have supported our endeavours.

The Loomba Foundation was established to care for widows and their children. Its aim is to eradicate the discrimination against widows that has such devastating consequences for individuals, communities and the world. The problem is massive in India, where the Foundation focused its initial activities, but with 258 million widows with 585 million children, globally the issue affects the best part of a billion people. It is impossible to address an issue such as this without building support – from donors, partners, governments, international organisations and the public. Events have therefore been at the heart of the Foundation’s work from the outset. This has produced large numbers of dedicated supporters in all categories, as well as some heartwarming stories of the lengths people have gone to, in support of this important cause. The Foundation has raised more than £5 million in direct support for its programmes, including £1.8 million to date from the Loomba Group of Companies, whose Chief Executive, Rinku Loomba, continues to play a central role as trustee, donor and supporter of the Foundation’s numerous events.

Fundraising events

The Loomba Foundation has organised many glittering functions in the UK, India, USA and elsewhere. Its Diwali Dinners were an established highlight of the London social calendar for more than a decade. UK events were however by no means restricted to that time of year. On 18 July 2001, the Loomba Foundation hosted the British-Indian Golden Jubilee Banquet to celebrate 50 years since India had become a Republic, at Grosvenor House in London. The Guest of Honour was the Duke of Kent and other guests included Mrs. Cherie Blair, Conservative Party leader William Hague and Liberal Democrat Leader Paddy Ashdown. Patrons play a crucial role in galvanising support for the cause, and the Foundation has held regular luncheons and dinners at the House of Lords to welcome new Patrons and supporters, including the Countess Mountbatten of Burma, Joanna Lumley, Baroness Jay of Paddington, the BBC’s veteran India correspondent Sir Mark Tully, who made a moving documentary about widows, and many others.

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“Human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that creates huge
inequalities. “ - Pope Francis

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