Lending a hand

By Dheepa Awtani

Jewellery designers create, donate hand-crafted masks to police, patients

In times of crisis, every helping hand makes a difference. Deepa and Jay Lakhani, creators of luxury handmade jewellery design brand ‘Deepa Gurnani’, decided to do their bit to help during the pandemic through their #TheMaskProject for #Goal10K. In this mission, the brand’s skilled artisans are now making luxurious three-layered fabric face masks and providing it to those in need. Deepa and Jay assisted in providing aid to hospitals across Mumbai, particularly Wadia Hospital, where they donated 500 masks. “Mothers of kids in the pediatric ICU ward, families visiting, and security personnel were thankful to get such comfortable, breathable, reusable and washable face masks,” says paediatric oncologist Dr Mala K Talekar of Wadia Hospital.

The brand had collaborated with Young Fighters Foundation Fund, www.yffglobal.org, supported by US-headquartered GSK Pharmaceuticals, to distribute the handmade masks.

YFF Global was also able to donate around 250 masks by Deepa Gurnani to Mumbai’s security lifeline—the Mumbai Police. “We just want to bring smiles to the faces of the parents of pediatric ward as well as our frontline Coronavirus warriors,” say Jay and Deepa. Headquartered in the US, the Deepa Gurnani brand has been celebrated on the cover of Vogue, Vogue India, Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, and featured in The Oprah Winfrey Magazine, and worn by celebrities such as Katy Perry, Kendall Jenner, and Deepika Padukone.

The writer is a Young Female Achiever of the Year at The Indian Sun Community Awards, winning IFFM film maker, professional, entrepreneur, Woman forum lead of IAEF, multicultural Ambassador for AFL, MHFA and ex-cricket Australia , Social Media connoisseur & Digital Media producer of BYSQ Itz Showtime | @bysqitzshowtime | @dheepa_awtani| media@bysq.com.au

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