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The Indian Head Injury Foundation (IHIF), founded by His Highness Maharaja Gajsingh II of Jodhpur, is expected to get a great fillip from the 2nd edition of what was acclaimed as a highly successful event in its first edition - Jodhpur One World Retreat, the 3-day star-studded charity extravaganza held at the Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur. Scheduled to take place between 20th - 22nd March 2015 the fundraising initiative organised by Showtime Events will bring together the globe’s greatest minds from business, entrepreneurship, the arts, science, entertainment and philanthropy in “three glorious days of awareness and awakening, of music and spectacle and of giving and learning”. The sole objective is to support and celebrate the Indian Head Injury Foundation, with the proceeds to be donated to what is increasingly becoming a cause that is resonating with the Indian corporate community in a major way today. In fact, several corporate heads have already registered to donate and participate in the second edition of the Retreat.
“The object of the Jodhpur One World Retreat is to raise awareness and resources for the Indian Head Injury Foundation, which I founded after my son’s accident on the polo field some years ago. It has been charged with a mission very close to my heart and I look forward to the continued and increased support of the many who attended the Retreat; and of the many more, who will, I fervently hope, attend in the future.”
His Highness Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Jodhpur
Highlights of the second edition includes provoking and enlightening sessions with leading lights such as Dr.Jamshid Ghajar, Founder Brain Trauma Foundation, U.S.A; a charity auction hosted by international auction house Christie’s; a performance by the Eton Choir; an address by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev; a unique fashion extravaganza at Mehrangarh fort and a performance by world renowned artist and peace activist Yoko Ono.
Guests to the inaugural 2013 edition included HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York, who, referring to the Jodhpur One World Retreat, commented “This is not a retreat at all… but a great advance…” HE Princess Hussah Al Sahab described the occasion as “Three days of sheer joys, spirituality and graciousness… A noble cause brings people together to manifest all goodness in each human being.” Support for the crucial charity comes from all levels and disciplines. Mukesh and Nita Ambani (pictured below) said “The cause of the Indian Head Injury Foundation can count on us”. Cricket Legend Sachin Tendulkar said “Every single life is our responsibility” and commenting on the collaborative effort of the retreat, renowned actress Dia Mirza observed “When great minds come together compelling action can emerge”.
The 2015 edition aims to equal, if not go one better on the impressive inaugural edition of the fundraising event. The Taj Group of Hotels and global automotive giant, BMW who supported the Inaugural edition have already come on board to lend their support to the second edition as well.
Whilst the event includes a dazzling array of celebrity guests and international thought-leaders, the real star of the show is the Indian Head Injury Foundation. Founded in February 2007, the IHIF mission is to build a comprehensive system in India for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of traumatic brain injury, and to provide neuro-rehabilitation to such patients.
At a time when concerns for road safety in India are at a peak, following the avoidable death of India’s Rural Development Minister, Mr. Gopinath Munde in a road accident on 03 June 2014, the work of Indian Head Injury Foundation is critical. According to a WHO report, India has the highest number of road deaths in the world (1,05,725 in 4,00,000 accidents) followed by China (96,611), the US (422,642) and Russia (35,972). In India’s case, the figures could be much larger and exceed over 1,50,000 deaths if all occurrence are truly reported (especially those occurring in rural areas). Global Safety Manager for Global Road Safety Partnership Gayle Di Pietro said “There is no need for India to take 20 or 30 years to get the best practices on road safety… India needs to act now”
With donations for participation in the retreat (ranging from 10-15 Lakh Rupees, depending on the residential package selected), going to Indian Head Injury Foundation, the Jodhpur One World Retreat is a critical event raising awareness and financial support for a critical issue in India