Wednesday, May 6, 2009

India couple pledges US$2 million to The Rotary Foundation

A desire to improve literacy in India motivated Rajendra R. and Shubha Laxmi Chhapwale to recently commit US$2 million to The Rotary Foundation over the next three years.  Rajendra made the announcement during the couple's induction into the "Arch C. Klumph Society" at the Rotary International world headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA.  

"It's our concern for the deprived and unprivileged children in our country that made us come here, " Rajendra said to the assembled Rotary leaders, dignitaries, and guests.  "Rotary is doing such meaningful work through its programs, like polio eradication, Matching Grants and Health, Hunger and Humanity Grants, throughout the world.  I realized that The Rotary Foundation is just the right organization, where proper justice is done to the donations. 

The couple had already contributed US$250,000 to the Foundation and established an endowed fund.  The new pledge will go toward increasing this endowment fund. 

Rajendra is the founder of Monarch Realty Developers Pvt. Ltd, a property development company that has constructed more than a million and a half square feet of commercial and residential space in and around Mumbai.  

In 2007 - 2008, Rajendra served as president of the Rotary Club of Mumbai North Island, Maharashtra.  Shubha is a member and past president of the Inner Wheel Club of Mumbai North Island and will serve as district chair in 2011 - 2012.  

Congratulations and bravo to them for being such excellent philanthropic  examples to their fellow Indians and Rotarians around the globe!  

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