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Sewa Day celebrated its fifth birthday this year by honouring the support of its high profile ambassadors over the past five years including Member of Parliament Barry Gardiner, singer songwriter Navin Kundra, investment banker Dixit Joshi and the late Arjan Vekaria. Each individual was recognised for their involvement in raising the profile of Sewa Day in the UK and abroad. Sewa Day goes from strength to strength with over 75,000 participants, in over 25 countries taking part in 2013. These acts of selfless service have ranged from environmental clean ups, to cooking and distributing food to the homeless, to organising musical programmes for the elderly.
Arup Ganguly, chairman of Sewa Day: “In the past five years, Sewa Day has helped volunteers to get involved with social action projects within their community. Year in, year out Sewa Day generates a high social return of investment. In 2012, for every £1 invested, the SROI was £2.60; this equated up to £11.7 million of additional value for Britain.
About the Late Arjan Vekaria
On Friday 24th November 2013, Arjan Vekaria, Founding Member and President of the Hindu Forum of Britain (HFB), passed away, aged 60. Editor-in-Chief of Hindu Today magazine and Demystifying India, he was a successful business man, philanthropist, community leader and a founding supporter of Sewa Day. As a leading figure in Britain’s Hindu community Arjan was awarded many honours, during his life time including ‘Pride of Kutch’ in 2009 and ‘Pride of Gujarat’ 2008, by the state of Gujarat in India; ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ 2006, and ‘Community Personality of the Year’ in 2008, by the Home Secretary and Minister of Justice in the UK.
About Barry Gardiner MP
Barry Gardiner is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Brent North since 1997. He served as a junior minister in the Northern Ireland Office, the Department for Productivity, Energy and Industry, the Department of Trade and Industry and finally in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs between 2002 -2008 and is currently Shadow Minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries.
Barry Gardiner, the son of a surgeon and an international footballer was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He was educated Haileybury College and the University of St Andrews where he received an MA. In 1983, he was awarded a Kennedy Memorial Trust scholarship to study Philosophy at Harvard University, returning to research at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge for three years from 1984. He worked as a senior partner in shipping insurance and arbitration for ten years before his election to parliament in 1997.
On 9th December 2013 Barry was honoured with The Environmental Parliamentarian of the Year Award by The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management for his contribution to improving the management of our environment. Barry Gardiner MP is a founding supporter and regularly participates in a number of initiatives in his constituency on Sewa Day each year.
About Dixit Joshi
Dixit Joshi is an investment banker, currently Head of Equities for Asia-Pacific at Deutsche Bank AG, based in Hong Kong. Prior to taking on his current position, Mr. Joshi was Managing Director and Head of Equities, EMEA and Asia Pacific at Barclays Capital; the Head of Equity-Linked Products and led the growth of the Equity Derivatives business since joining the firm in November 2003.
Prior to Barclays Capital, Mr. Joshi spent eight years at Credit Suisse First Boston. He was Managing Director and Head of Equity Index Arbitrage and Quantitative Trading for Europe and Asia. Prior to that, he served as Chief Risk Officer for CSFB’s Equity Derivatives and Convertibles Unit based in New York, and before that Head of Equity Derivatives Exotic Trading based in London. When he joined CSFB in 1995 he was in the derivatives subsidiary, Credit Suisse Financial Products. Mr. Joshi holds a degree in Statistics and Actuarial Science from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.
Dixit Joshi is a founding supporter of Sewa Day and drives the volunteering initiative in the Asia Pacific (APAC) Region.
About Navin Kundra
Navin Kundra is a British singer/songwriter, who writes, composes and performs songs in Hindi, Punjabi and English. With a strong fan based reach of over 3 million people and growing, Navin has achieved six number one singles in the Asian Charts, and won the 2013 ‘Entertainer of the Year’ Award. In 2011, he became an ambassador for the British Asian Trust, founded by HRH The Prince Of Wales and used his music to break a Guinness World Record raising £10,000 for the Trust. In 2012, Navin was appointed ambassador of the diabetes charity, Silver Star, founded by Keith Vaz MP whose patrons include Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan and Shilpa Shetty. Since becoming ambassador, Navin has helped the charity raise in excess of £10,000 by performing at fundraising events across the UK.
In 2013, he became the first ambassador for the newly formed charity Wishful Smiles. Navin Kundra has been a great supporter of Sewa Day since its formation in 2010 and last year spent the day entertaining residents of an elderly care home in Wembley. As a popular youth icon, Navin also uses his position as a role model to inspire the youth and delivers a number of talks at youth conferences across the UK. In October 2013, Navin became the first British Asian singer to be invited to St James’ Palace to perform for TRH Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall along with other distinguished guests.