DONATE £3.5M TO DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARDS
(7 February 2006)
Hinduja Foundation has donated £3.5m to the Duke of Edinburgh's
Award Scheme. The fund will guarantee an income for The Duke of
Edinburghs Award going forward and marks the 70th birthday
of Mr Srichand P Hinduja, Chairman of the Hinduja Group and Hinduja
Foundation who together with his brothers Gopichand, Prakash, Ashok
and their four sons run the familys international business.
Hinduja has long believed in the importance of increasing multicultural
understanding within the UK and across the world. The new relationship
will be launched on February 21st at a reception at St James
Palace to be hosted by HRH The Earl of Wessex. Many members of the
UKs Asian community will be attending the launch event.
are delighted to be able to help this excellent programme at the
start of the Awards 50th Anniversary. Quite apart from our
support, our purpose is to try to inspire others across the UKs
many communities to support the programme as well. The Duke of Edinburghs
Award has provided thousands of young people with the opportunity
to learn more about themselves and about others. We hope we can
help many more do so, said SP Hinduja.
Tom Farmer, Chairman of Trustees, The Duke of Edinburghs Award
said: "We are very pleased that the Hinduja Foundation has
chosen to recognise the invaluable role that the Award plays in
the development of young people in the UK. This is an extremely
important year for the Award, and the support from the Foundation
will help to ensure that the Award continues its commitment of broadening
and extending its reach to the many communities of the United Kingdom.
I look forward to a successful relationship."
THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S AWARD
Duke of Edinburghs Award is a registered charity run with
the support of over 50,000 volunteers and 10,000 partner organisations.
Since its foundation in 1956, over 3.5 million young people have
participated in the UK Award. Currently almost 7% of 14-17 year
olds in the UK are taking part through Award Groups in youth clubs,
voluntary organisations, Open Award Centres, schools, colleges,
young offender institutes and businesses.
500,000 participants are trying for an Award at any one time, with
over 225,000 of these in the UK. There were over 145,000 new entrants
last year in the UK, and over 58,000 achieved their Bronze, Silver
or Gold Award. ·Ethnic minority new entrants increased by
35% between 2003/2004 and 2004/200. In 1988 The International Award
Association was established to co-ordinate and develop the Award
worldwide and since 1956, over 5 million young people in over 100
countries have taken up the challenge
Award was founded by the Patron, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. TRH
The Duke of Edinburgh and The Earl of Wessex continue to be involved
with the organisation to this date. ·Further information
can be found at www.theaward.org
THE HINDUJA FOUNDATION
Hinduja Foundation, which is an integral part of the Hinduja Group,
was born of the lifelong conviction of the Groups Founder,
the late Parmanand Deepchand Hinduja, that ones Dharma (duty)
is to work to that one can give. The foundation runs the Hinduja
familys philanthropic activities in India, the United Kingdom
and the United States with particular emphasis on healthcare, education,
world peace, poverty relief, social welfare and arts and culture.
the UK in recent years it has supported a research programme at
Cambridge University designed to bridge the gap between the traditional
Indian (Indic) approach to medicine and Western healthcare, and
a project to lessen the barriers between different religions (the
Millennium Dome Faith Zone). Current activities in the UK include
the Hinduja Cambridge Trust scholarship scheme for Indian students
and support for numerous Asian community projects such as the Asian
YMCA Student Youth Hostel in London and the Balaji Temple in Birmingham.