The Gems and Jewellery National Relief Foundation (GJNRF) donated two vans to the non-governmental organisation Roti Bank, which feeds over 3,000 people every day in Mumbai alone, at a function held at the Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB).
Founded and mentored by former Mumbai Commissioner of Police D. Sivanandhan, the NGO has reached this level after just 18 months operations in Mumbai.
Roti Bank’s fleet of vans pick up excess food from weddings, cafeterias and cooperative housing societies and delivers it to thousands of hungry people who lives in slums or sleep on sidewalks. The NGO insists that the food being collected is freshly made that very day and will not pick up overnight leftovers.
Roti Bank also delivers food that it has cooked daily for children’s meals at Drona Foundation, in the sprawling Dharavi slum in Mumbai and also to relatives of cancer patients at the Tata Memorial Hospital as also relatives of patients at KEM hospital.
Sivanandhan had made a presentation of the Roti Bank’s activities at the Manthan event held by the All India Gem & Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC). This presentation so impressed Ramniklal Shah of Venus Jewel that he prevailed on the GJNRF to take some proactive steps to aid the NGO. The two vans donated by the GJNRF now bring the Roti Bank’s van fleet in Mumbai to eight.
GJNRF Chairman Sanjay Kothari, who was also formerly Chairman of The Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), said, "We are obliged to do a small bit on behalf of the gems and jewellery fraternity. We acknowledge the work done by Mr Sivanandhan who is striving to make our city free from hunger and make food available to the poor and needy people.”
Kothari also pledged the gem and jewellery community’s support for one day’s meals for all the hungry people of the city to be delivered by Roti Bank.