ARTISTS UNITE: Art Raffle for Flood-hit Ladakh and Pakistan

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Oxfam India identifies the need for safe, warm shelters for the flood survivors in Leh before the harsh winter sets in...

Eminent people from the world of art came together to support Oxfam’s program in Leh and the devastating floods in Pakistan. In a unique gesture, artists from across the country gave over 100 works of art free of cost for a raffle draw.

Shireen Gandhy, Director of the art gallery who was instrumental in bringing together artists, donors and other galleries for the cause hosted the event at Chemould Prescott Road Art Gallery, Mumbai on 8th of Nov 7pm. Nisha Agrawal, CEO Oxfam India explained to the gathered crowd the relief work that has been done in various villages of Ladakh by the organization, the work being done by Oxfam International for communities displaced by the massive floods in Pakistan and its goal of collecting 100 million dollars for relief work there.

“In two years, we have responded to four disasters and our work in Leh has happened because of the contribution of generous donors.” Nisha said.

Brand Ambassador, Rahul Bose talked about the experiences he had and what he saw during his visit to Ladakh and the work being done by Oxfam India to bring relief to the victims there. He emphasized on the current need of the landslide victims in approaching severe winter months and how the collected amount will be utilized for both the landslide victims in Ladakh and those affected by floods in Pakistan.

“I have seen Oxfam India's work in Leh and how they have provided drinking water and sanitation to the survivors. This money that is being collected here would be used to provide shelter to the survivors during winter which is a desperate need.” (Rahul Bose)

The draw of the raffle tickets was done by Rahul where the donors got a pick of the luck. Various artists like Nalini Malani, Arpita Singh, Atul Dodiya, Anju Dodiya, Sudarshan Shetty, Nilima, Gulam Sheikh, Dhruvi Acharya, Aditi Singh, Shreyas Karle, and Hemali Bhutia had given their works of art for the draw. Donors like Soli Sorabjee, Swapan Seth, Devieka Bhojwani, Gita Piramal, Phiroza Godrej, Rahul Bose and many others got various works of art in return.

More than Rupees 20 lakhs were raised for the cause by this initiative. Oxfam India extends its heartfelt gratitude to all the people who made it happen.

Story Credit: Bipasha/ Oxfam India