The Festival of Hope Foundation has had a remarkable journey for the last four years working on creating awareness on all types of Cancer. The unique awareness campaigns are via fashion events in Delhi/NCR.
The fashion events are a fashion walk down the ramp where model0s walk along with Cancer Survivors. These events are held, to not only support cancer awareness but also to contribute to those who cannot afford the cost of treatment, through other NGOs and hospitals.
The last few seasons have successfully helped in raising astounding funds for the Indian Cancer Society that has further helped them in supporting the deprived.
Festival of Hope has altered the concept of social work having taken it to a whole new level by incorporating it within the luxury domain. This resulted in winning the citation of one of the ‘50 most innovative social initiatives globally’ by the World CSR Congress at the World CSR Day.
The last nine fundraising fashion events have seen more than 800 people walk the ramp as ‘Leaders of Hope’ to support the cause. These included Bollywood celebrities like Hrishita Bhatt, Rahul Dev, Atul Wassan, Abhinav Chaturvedi, Shrishti Rana, Anamika Grover, Imam Siddiqui, Neena Gupta, Swaroop Paresh Rawal, Mukesh Tyagi, Sanjeev Bijli, Saba Ali Khan and many more.
Almost 30 designers have participated and showcased their couture collections at the Festival of Hope. These include the best of the industry like Anju Modi, Rohit Bal, JJ Valaya, Suneet Varma, Ashima Leena, Meera Muzaffar Ali, Manoviraj Khosla, Pawan Sachdeva, Varija Bajaj and others.
The target audience for the events held includes the DLF Luxury homes and members of the DLF Golf & Country Club. Over 500 crème de la crème of Delhi/ NCR are invited and attend the fundraisers.
This year on March 21st, we will be hosting the 10th season of the ‘Festival of Hope’ at the DLF Golf & Country Club, Gurgaon.
An exclusive Fashion walk of the designer collection of ace designer and couturier JJ Valaya will raise the curtain on Season 10 and will be followed by a post event cocktail party for the guests and Leaders of Hope.
The showstoppers include Bollywood stars Angad Bedi and Nora Fatehi. Almost 100 Leaders of Hope from all walks of life will be joining us to support our cause. The event is also supported by Blossom Kochhar, Anu Ahuja, DLF Crest, Glenlevit, Business World and many other media partners.
The Founder of the Festival of Hope Foundation, Ms Shalini Vig Wadhwa, was felicitated with the prestigious ‘Priyadarshini Award’ for Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur in 2012 and the Bharat Nirman Award in 2013 for social entrepreneurship at New Delhi. She was also felicitated as one of the ‘50 Most Impactful Social Innovators (Global Listing)’ by the World CSR Congress in Mumbai and the Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award for Cancer Eradication in 2016.
A Marketing Communications professional for the last 25 years, she has expansive experience of heading PR & Communications for DLF, MTS Sistema, Paharpur etc. She is also on the advisory board of the International Polytechnique for Women, All Women League, Advisory board of World CSR Day; Guest speaker at various IIM’s & Business schools; Mentor at the BizDivas Foundation, and so on.
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