We are very privileged to have the support of a number of friends of Shivia who have done something extraordinary to help us - people who we like to call Ambassadors.
Garlinda is a professional photographer. She started her career by doing her own film developing and printing. She now enjoys processing and printing digitally in her studio in Norfolk. Some of her work is in colour, but she prefers black and white. She photographs without artificial light and as naturally as possible. Recent commissions include the portraits of past and present Treasurers of the Inner Temple, where her many portraits hang, and the Millennium documentation of the Houghton estate in Norfolk and the Cholmondeley estate in Cheshire. Garlinda has always enjoyed working for charities and has worked extensively for RAPt (Rehabilitation of Addictive Prisoners Trust), Liberis (children’s homes in Romania) and Shivia. She has travelled to Nepal and West Bengal where she has photographed for Shivia and the APAX Foundation. Some of her photographs of older women are included in Harriet Walter’s book Facing It.
Garlinda has hosted exhibitions of her photographs to raise money for Shivia. Her most recent exhibition in December 2014 raised over £7,000 for our livelihood programme in West Bengal.
I have photographed Shivia’s work for several years now. I do it because I have seen how these communities in India and Nepal live and I believe Shivia’s work enables them to improve their lives in a significant way. I hear stories first-hand from the very poor when we are in the villages and I hope my photos create awareness as well as raise funds to continue and expand Shivia’s excellent work.”
MINAXI (MAX) PATEL
Max is a Chartered financial planner and Fellow of the Personal Finance Society representing St James's Place. She thrives on working closely with very busy professionals to help them achieve their personal and family financial goals, focusing on tax savings and investment growth over their lifetime. She has over 15 years experience in the financial services industry specialising in retirement planning, investment strategies and estate planning. Minaxi is married with two very active boys who occupy most of her spare time with rather energetic and lively events! She is the main sponsor of The Racehorse Sanctuary- a charity that retrains and re-homes injured ex-racehorses, and now works closely with Olly at Shiva to increase awareness of all the fantastic work done in West Bengal and gain additional support and sponsorship from a wider community.
Max has introduced Shivia to the St James's Place Foundation for which we are very grateful. She has also planned an exclusive fundraising event for us - a VIP tour of the Aston Martin HQ and production facility at Gaydon in Warwickshire including test drives of 2 of the latest AM models (9th June 2015 - contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details).
Vimla is a passionate supporter of Shivia. In February 2015 she organised a charity lunch and fashion show in Lagos, raising over £3,000 towards our Livelihood Development in West Bengal.
Helping others has always been my purpose in life and being an Ambassador for various organisations or causes has given me the means to fulfill my purpose. I am Indian by birth, Global by nature and sensitive to the needs of others around me. I am not equipped with many academic degrees or specialised skills but the only ability one needs is the ability to relate to other people and to convey to them that they can also help. I am happy to say that I am successful in this and proud to help Shivia help Indians.
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