Brides of Asia founder Nowman Kareem’s Helping Hands Foundation Australia rallies to help child victims of violence
In a noble gesture, to bring together models and designers to extend a ‘helping hand’ for causes that help children victimised by violence, Nowman Kareem, the architect behind Brides of Asia, has launched charity organisation “Helping Hands Foundation Australia”.
“Whether it’s war or domestic violence, children are affected by extreme situations and we are rallying stylists, models, designers to work for a common cause, to be social crusaders,” announced Kareem on 24 July following a fund-raising event at the Kensington Hall.
Kareem hosted the ‘best model of the year’ awards at the India Day event in Epping on 14 August, where each contestant was asked to raise funds which will be then donated to an organisation at the India Day function.
“The awards is based on online voting and each person who votes will contribute 25 cents to the contestant they support. We will give each contestant an opportunity to raise funds and donate,” detailed Kareem on the proposed awards program.
As part of the program, one of Helping Hands foundation Australia inc brand ambassador Mrs Universe Pacific Islands 2015 Heena Mohanlal recently spent time at the Fiji orphanages donating the funds raised through the best model of the year competition.
Kareem’s other plans to rally models to generate funds for children affected by violence and abuse ran into some hurdles.
“I don’t know why there was a controversy over a noble cause. I did my best to reassure everyone in the fray that we will do the right thing and donate every cent, clarified Kareem.
To allay any fears of misappropriation of funds, Kareem will make the accounts open on India Day and get the accounts audited each year.
Kareem has promised to facilitate to donate the funds to a leading organisation working with children affected by domestic violence in Melbourne.
“Every dollar will be rightfully donated on behalf of the winning model on India Day to an organisation working with children affected by domestic violence,” said Kareem.