Many people do many extraordinary things in the name of charity. From the tried and tested classic of soaking in a bath of baked beans, to pouring a bucket of freezing cold water over their head, the lengths people will go to in order to raise money and awareness for worthy and deserving organisations are in every case commendable.
Often the more extreme the feat, the more exposure and recognition the charity receives. Whether it’s a group of celebrities climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, or a well-known comedian completing 43 marathons in 51 days, we are all aware of those who have gone the extra mile in support of a good cause. However, these immense charitable challenges are not solely limited to those in the public eye.
On 16th November 2004, Bobby Grewal, Chairman of the India Association, embarked on a colossal and formidable task to raise money for a number of well-known charities. His incredible fundraising endeavour saw him trek 2,556 miles from Amritsar in the north-western tip of India to Kanyakumari, in the extreme south.
Described as ‘The Great Charity Walk’, over five months Bobby trekked across 10 states, covering an incredible 30-35 miles each day. Although the walk was both physically and mentally challenging it was completed on 14th April 2005 and the India Association raised more than £100,000, which was donated to Northwick Park Hospital for Cancer and AIDS research.
Now, Bobby has decided to return to India, embarking once more on an immense journey that will see him go ‘Full Circle’. Setting off from Kanyakumari, where he concluded his previous walk, he will make his way up the east coast via Chennai and Calcutta to his final destination in Delhi, covering an unbelievable 2,600 miles.
Now in his 79th year (Bobby will celebrate his 80th birthday during the challenge), this will be no mean feat. He will have to endure extreme weather conditions and exacting terrain, while completing 20-25 miles every day in order to meet his targets. Along the way, Bobby will attend various publicity and fundraising events to help raise awareness of his task.
Each day begins at 04:30 as he aims to cover 12 miles by 09:00, he will then take a break until the late afternoon to avoid the hottest part of the day and complete the day’s walk by the early evening. Throughout his walk, he will be accompanied by only a single support vehicle and small team. His crew of four consisting of a PR manager, a driver, a chef and a physiotherapist, will attempt to ensure he stays fit and healthy throughout the five months.
Completing this gigantic task, Bobby hopes to raise £1,500,000 for Save the Children and the India Association, who will distribute the funds to other charities here in the UK and abroad.
A West London-based charity, the India Association is committed to helping raise funds for worthy causes. The charity’s committee is made up of 300 volunteers who all share the same aim of ‘providing relief from poverty, sickness and distress to those in need’. Bobby has been Chairman of the India Association since 2001 and has so far helped the charity raise more than £300,000 for a number of deserving charities including Help the Heroes, St Mark’s Research Hospital and Northwick Park Hospital. This next challenge looks to be his most impressive to date and has backing from a number of well known faces, politicians and organisations.
The Sterling Dental Foundation is part of the Sterling Dental Group and is proud to be one of those supporting Bobby’s Walk Full Circle.
The Foundation will provide practices and clinicians across the profession with support, advice and networking opportunities. The group is committed to supporting the dental industry through working closely with charities and other professional associations.
The Sterling Dental Group is fully supportive of Mr Modhi, the Prime Minister of India’s initiative to raise awareness levels of Oral Hygiene and Dental Education amongst people, especially children living in rural areas. We welcome dental practitioners to visit the new satellite centers whilst also supporting Save the Children.
The Group invites UK and Indian dentists and hygienists to walk alongside Bobby for this very worthwhile cause. Join the charity in supporting underprivileged children by raising Oral Health awareness in the various states in India. You can join at various legs of the walk, adding smiles, lighting up beautiful faces and having lots of fun along the way!
Show your support for Bobby’s momentous challenge by attending the Sterling Dental Foundation Charity Ball at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, London on 13th December 2014. Book online early to avoid disappointment at www.sterlingdentalgroup.co.uk.
Amongst our distinguished guests, our Guest of Honour is Professor Ian Hutchinson, BDS, MBBS, FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Edin), FFD RCSI, Consultant in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, St Bartholomew's and The Royal London Hospitals and Founder of Saving Faces Charity www.savingfaces.co.uk.
To find out how you can help or to volunteer, visit www.sterlingdentalgroup.co.uk and register your interest online.
To sponsor Bobby’s Walk Full Circle, please email Cara Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07985593147, or visit www.indiaassociation.co.uk/bobbys-walk-full-circle
The Sterling Dental Foundation is linked to the Sterling Dental College.
For details of the hands-on courses, seminars and CPD events that the college provides visit the website, www.sterlingdentalcollege.co.uk
Sterling Dental Foundation, registered charity: VB/5042656/RTN