SABMiller India

CEOs don aprons to aid ill children

Bangalore, Sunday Times, 5th-September-2010
They took a day off to try their hand at some delicious recipes and,at the same time,raise funds for children suffering from critical ailments.

Paolo Lanzarotti MD, SABMiller India at the CEO Chefs Share a Smile event organized by Genesis Foundation

Despite their busy schedules and tough deadlines,11 CEOs on Saturday flaunted their chef hats on the pool side at ITC Windsor to raise funds for four critically ill children.

The fund-raising event CEO Chefs Share a Smile organized by Genesis Foundation,is planning to raise Rs 8 lakh for the children.They have organized similar events in Gurgaon,and hosted art shows and walkathons.Many children who are critically ill don't realize they are between life and death.Why does this process have to be so morbid We can make their lives more cheerful and smooth.That is the whole idea behind getting these CEOs to come and raise funds.We usually raise between Rs 8 and 17 lakh from each event, said Prema Sagar,founder of Genesis Burson Marsteller and Genesis Foundation.

The CEO chefs had a blast cooking and learning with chefs of the hotel. I usually cook Italian but then I decided to make the best Indian fish fry for guests.This is the first time I am participating in an independent fund-raising event.Our company keeps organizing such events on sustainability, said Paolo Lanzarotti, managing director, SABMiller India, who was cooking Chapa Vedu, an Andhra fish delicacy. Executive director of Accenture Rekha Menon was on the salad bar making smoked salmon Caesar salad. Salads are healthy and light. I make them regularly at home,so I chose to serve them today as well, she said.

There was a long queue at founder and partner,Client Associates,Himanshu Kohlis counter where he served hot Burmese soup called khao suey. Managing director of Helion Ventures Kanwaljit Singh served spicy Andaman prawns.The rest cooked many other delicacies and desserts while enjoying short tete-a-tete with the guests.

Vinod Narayan,a 16-year-old boy suffering from neuromuscular kypho scoliosis deformity,will have to undergo Rs 1.5-lakh surgery

Naitik Sharma,14,who has thalassaemia major,needs a bone marrow transplant.The surgery will cost Rs 10 lakh

Four-year-old Ansh suffers from retinoblastoma and his eye needs to be replaced with a glass one at Rs 1 lakh

Four-year-old Sumit is suffering from congenital heart disease and will undergo a surgery at AIIMS for Rs 60,000

  • Gopichand Kattragadda | Senior general manager,G E Energy
  • Rekha Menon | Executive director,Accenture
  • Sajai Singh | Partner,J Sagar Associates
  • Sandhya Vasudevan | Managing director,Thompson Reuters
  • Kanwaljit Singh | Managing director,Helion Ventures
  • Rajesh Rao | Chief executive officer,Dhurva Interactive
  • Himanshu Kohli | Founder and partner,Client Associates
  • B J Arun | Founder and chairman,California Digital
  • Paolo Lanzarotti | Managing director,SABmiller India
  • Madhusudan V Atre | President and managing director,Applied Materials
  • Giridhar G V | Chief operating officer,Ernst and Young