The India Association was founded over twenty-five years ago, by the late barrister Jaswant Singh, with the help of Lord Swaraj Paul and a number of other prominent Asian business men in Britain at the time.
Initially, the objectives were political and social but under the chairmanship of Mr Dilbag S Chana MBE, the members set about reviewing the aims and the West London India Association became independent from the National Branch in (approx.) 1992.
When Balwant ‘Bobby’ Grewal became Chairman of the India Association in 2001, the organisation was registered as a charity (number 1094366). The charitable aim of the India Association was to ‘provide charitable relief from poverty, sickness and distress to those-in-need, in the UK and abroad’ and this aim still stands true today.
Since becoming Chairman of the India Association, Bobby (with the help of the Executive Committee and Advisors) has raised over £300,000 for various charities, through social functions, fundraisers, marathons and charity walks. Notable fundraising activities have included, ‘The Great Charity Walk’; (a 2,556 mile trek, from the northern city of Amritsar on the Indo-Pakistan border, to the city of Kanyakumari on the southernmost tip of India) and the ‘Parliament to Parliament Walk’, which started at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh and ended in London at the Houses of Parliament.
Both of these walks were carried out by 79-year old Bobby, (with the help and support of India Association Executive members and Advisors), and raised £180,000 for Cancer and Aids charities in the UK and India.
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The India Association is governed by a committee of professional business men and women from all walks of life, on a voluntary basis. Members do not receive a salary, so every penny raised goes to charity, (minus minimal expenses for stationery, printing and postage).
The India Association will continue to raise funds for a variety of good causes, across the globe.
Bobby and the India Assocation are currently planning their most ambitious fundraising event to date; ‘Bobby’s Walk Full Circle’, is a 2,600 mile charity walk across India (from South to North). It is being undertaken by India Association Chairman, Bobby Grewal and the fundraising target is £1,500,000, which will be donated to the Great Ormond Street Hostpital Charity, the British Asian Trust and other deserving causes in the UK and abroad.
Please see the Bobby’s Walk Full Circle events page for more information.