Lucknow: British beauty queen assures help to acid attack survivors
British model and beauty pageant titleholder Burdzy’s visit to the one-of-its-kind cafe in Lucknow was a part of MUGB’s initiative to extend a helping hand to acid attack survivors. The café is an initiative of an NGO Chhanv Foundation (Stop Acid Attacks).Updated: Sep 29, 2017 15:26 IST
Acid attack survivors running the Sheroes Hangout Cafe in Lucknow had a beautiful guest – Miss Universe Great Britain (MUGB) Anna Burdzy, 25, on Thursday.
British model and beauty pageant titleholder Burdzy’s visit to the one-of-its-kind cafe was a part of MUGB’s initiative to extend a helping hand to acid attack survivors. The café is an initiative of an NGO Chhanv Foundation (Stop Acid Attacks).
“It’s a big day for me as I am here for a noble cause to support the survivors of acid attacks,” said Anna Burdzy who reached the cafe around 2pm.
Burdzy was greeted in a traditional way by the acid attack survivors. She thanked them for the grand welcome and couldn’t resist hitting the dance floor along with the survivors who danced on the tunes of ‘bhangra’. After this, Burdzy interacted with the acid attack survivors and was moved by their sordid saga.
The sad tale of seven-year-old Julie left her shocked. Julie, who is the youngest acid attack survivor at the cafe, hails from Fatehpur district. She was one year old when she suffered serious burns after her father, who was trying to throw acid on her mother, accidentally threw acid on her, leaving her neck and body injured.
Moved by Julie’s story, Burdzy assured her monetary help and proper medical treatment.
During her visit to the café, Burdzy also tried her hand at a few mocktail recipes and prepared food to support the cause. This was followed by the screening of ‘Not In Vain’, a documentary about Miss Universe Great Britain and MUGB’s support to acid attack survivors in India. After this, the survivors performed ‘garba’ and dined with Burdzy.
Alok Dixit, founder member of NGO Chhanv Foundation (Stop Acid Attacks), said, “I am grateful to Anna Burdzy who was more a volunteer than a celebrity on her visit. She not only interacted with the acid attack survivors, but also boosted their morale. So far, she has visited two of our centres and also extended monetary support to us.”