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Eat for good karma

entertainment Updated: Jun 11, 2011 15:48 IST

Here’s some food for thought: The next time you eat at one of these nine city restaurants, you will be helping fund a cause. Child Relief and You (CRY) has joined hands with eateries like Two One Two Bar and Grill, Eat Around The Corner, Swati Snacks, The Banyan Tree and restaurants at Hotel JW Marriott among others, to draw attention to the cause of child labour.

Chandra Ramamurthy, senior manager, volunteer action at CRY, reveals, “We spoke to the management of about 60 restaurants in the city, pitching for child labour to be eradicated from the hospitality industry. The ones that found our story convincing and were child labour-free, decided to come on board.”

For the next one month, each of the restaurants have settled on unique methods to promote the anti child-labour campaign. “Restaurants like Tamnak Thai have created a special menu, from which a percentage of each bill generated during the month will be donated to the cause. Others have promised monetary grants that will match the total money raised during this campaign. The amount has not been decided and it’s open to the eateries to decide how much they want to give. The money will then be directed towards a fund pool, which supports our activities throughout the year. Last year, as part of this mission, we made about 648 villages and slums across the country child-labour free by encouraging education and raising awareness,” she says.

Ramamurthy agrees that creative methods like this make it easier for the common man to participate. “It’s not that people don’t give money for charity. It’s just that these methods make donations seem more accessible.”

Hotels like ITC Grand Maratha are offering their premises for CRY to display campaign material, allowing them to interact with patrons. The Renaissance Hotel and Convention Centre, Powai will put up donation boxes and sell specially designed coasters to fund the cause.

Ask her why the campaign hasn’t spread to other parts of the country yet and she says, “We have a very small team and for now, we were only able to host this event in Mumbai. It involves significant amounts of manpower, but hopefully, we’ll expand to other cities soon.”

Brownie points
Pun your money where your mouth is at these charity-inclined restaurants
Two One Two Bar and Grill, Hornby Vellard Estate, Opp Lotus Cinema Bldg, Worli
Tamnak Thai, Near Natural Ice Cream, Shivaji Park, Veer Savarkar Marg
Swati Snacks, Opp Bhatia Hospital, Tardeo, Grant Road
The Banyan Tree, Next To Cathedral & John Cannon School, Fort
JW Marriott, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu
Gordon House Suites, Off International Airport approach road, Marol Naka, Andheri E
Eat around the Corner, Junction of 24th and 30th Road, off Waterfield Road, Bandra
Water Stones Country Club & Spa, Off International Airport, Andheri E
Renaissance Mumbai Convention Hotel & MEA, Powai Lake, Powai