Showtime, BMW and Taj Group repeat partnership at 2nd edition of Jodhpur One World Retreat


With guests including Sachin Tendulkar, Dia Mirza and Mukesh and Nita Ambani, and with a live performance by Sting, the first edition of the Jodhpur One World Retreat was considered a sure success. Raising crucial awareness and resources for the Indian Head Injury Foundation (IHIF), founded by His Highness Maharaja Gajsingh II of Jodhpur, the 3-day star-studded charity extravaganza held at the Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur, will return in March 2015.

The Jodhpur One World Retreat will bring together the globe’s greatest minds from business, entrepreneurship, the arts, science, entertainment and philanthropy in “three days of awareness and awakening, of music and spectacle and of giving and learning”. The sole objective is to support and celebrate the Indian Head Injury Foundation, with the proceeds to be donated to what is increasingly becoming a cause that is resonating with the Indian community, public and corporates alike, in a major way today. In fact, several corporate heads have already registered to donate and participate in the second edition of the Retreat.

“The object of the Jodhpur One World Retreat is to raise awareness and resources for the Indian Head Injury Foundation, which I founded after my son’s accident on the polo field some years ago. It has been charged with a mission very close to my heart and I look forward to the continued and increased support of the many who attended the Retreat; and of the many more, who will, I fervently hope, attend in the future” commented His Highness Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Jodhpur.

Highlights of the second edition includes provoking and enlightening sessions with leading lights such as Dr. Jamshid Ghajar, Founder Brain Trauma Foundation, U.S.A; a charity auction hosted by international auction house Christie’s; a  fashion extravaganza at Mehrangarh fort; an address bySadhguru Jaggi Vasudev and performances by the Eton Choir as well as ‘India’s Got Talent’ winners the Shillong Chamber Choir.

The 2015 edition aims to equal, if not go one better on the impressive inaugural edition of the fundraising event. The Taj Group of Hotels and global automotive giant, BMW who supported the Inaugural edition have already come on board to lend their support to the next edition of the fund-raising event.

Founded in February 2007, the IHIF mission is to build a comprehensive system in India for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of traumatic brain injury, and to provide neuro-rehabilitation to such patients. At a time when concerns for road safety in India are at a peak, the work of Indian Head Injury Foundation is critical. According to a WHO report, India has the highest number of road deaths in the world (1,05,725 in 4,00,000 accidents). This gives India the dubious distinction of being the 'head injury capital of the world'.

With donations for participation in the retreat (ranging from 10-15 Lakh Rupees, depending on the residential package selected), going to Indian Head Injury Foundation, the Jodhpur One World Retreat is a critical event raising awareness and financial support for a critical issue in India.

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