PT: Tell us about the Fund Raiser and the causes you support.
Feroze: Lions International is one of the world’s largest NGOs, donating millions of USD towards projects globally. LCB is part of its Indian chapter, in our 42nd year of existence, dedicated to social service for the lesser privileged, providing regular aid for education, medical treatment and assisting the needy with income generating vocations. To raise funds for carrying out such projects, we hold an Annual Fund Raising event, where we seek sponsorships, donations and souvenir advertisements from our members and well-wishers. This year, we bring you ‘THAT’Z ENTERTAINMENT’ as our Fund Raiser at NCPA’s Tata Theatre on Saturday, 2 March at 7:00 pm
PT: Could you share a teaser about the show?
Feroze: THAT’Z ENTERTAINMENT is helmed by Hormuzd Khambata (HK Productions) and celebrates some of the best talents in the entertainment sector who will charm you with their wit, vocals and dance. It’s a musical revue with two acts of about 50 minutes each, comprising choreographed glamourous Dance Performances; Skits scripted by personalities Bharat Dabholkar and Suresh Menon; Stand-up Comedy by Suresh Menon and Anu Menon (Lola Kutty, Channel V); and versatile singers – Sagar Kendurkar and Charmine Lobo, who have performed globally. VJ Benafsha (MTV) and Ashwin Mushran (Lage Raho Munnabhai and The Great Indian Comedy Show) will also wow our audiences!
PT: Could you share a brief about LCB and its mission
Feroze: Lions Club of Byculla was formed in 1977 and is built on the three solid concepts of Fellowship; Service; and Able Administration.
The fuel that kept us going was our passion to make a difference in other people’s lives. It was the dream of the Founders of LCB that we should stand out from amongst hundreds of other Clubs in the district and today we have been publicly acclaimed by all District Governors as the Administrative role model of the district. 100% of all funds collected are utilized in serving the less fortunate members of society. LCB has won numerous awards over the years across four decades of Humanitarian Service; we live by the Lion’s Motto – ‘TO SERVE’
PT: What message would you like to share with our Readers?
Feroze: I appeal to all Parsi Times readers and our Community to come for our grand show – it is going to be one rocking eve of pure entertainment, but more importantly, by buying the tickets, you will be contributing towards alleviating the sufferings of the less fortunate. LCB would be grateful for your kind gesture and you and your family will receive the blessings of Dadar Ahura Mazda as well as the recipients, as no good deed goes unnoticed in His eyes. I invite you to contribute generously for this well deserving cause.
Through Parsi Times, I wish to remind our readers that our Community has been known for its unparalleled Philanthropy – giving rise to the erstwhile slogan, ‘Parsee, thy name is Charity.’ As LCB members we feel fortunate to share this noble opportunity for all our humdins to participate in service, as per each one’s ability. I invite all like-minded Parsis to come forward and join our wonderful organization – The Lions Club of Byculla, which boasts of having over 80% Zoroastrian members! We are a group of driven and dedicated individuals committed to Fellowship and Service towards our lesser fortunate brethren, in keeping with the belief that ‘Service to humanity is service to God’. We hold regular meetings in Mumbai or outstation, and pride ourselves in being a part of the World’s largest NGO and Service Organisation, which facilitates us to live and enjoy a fulfilling life. Interested friends are welcome to contact me on 9820764649.