New Delhi: Liquid detergent brand Godrej Ezee and actress & entrepreneur Gul Panag join hands to raise awareness of winter-related hardships faced by underprivileged kids as part of Ezee Hugs. Currently, in its 12th edition, Ezee Hugs is a social campaign that aims to provide warmth to underprivileged children during harsh winters by distributing free sweaters. To flag off the initiative, Gul Panag met the kids in New Delhi and distributed new sweaters amongst them.
As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the number of human death in India due to cold waves is much higher than due to heat waves between 1980-2018. There has been a 506% increase in cold waves in India from 2010 to 2018. Thousands of underprivileged, school-going children across the Northern belt, bear the harsh winters without the warmth of woollens. Due to lack of woollen wear, the kids are also more prone to suffer from viral fever and cold. Godrej Ezee wanted to build awareness about these winter-related hardships and alleviate them. Thus, it started Ezee Hugs campaign. Over the years, Ezee Hugs has spread warmth by urging people to donate their woollens for children through this social good campaign.
Given the need to bring the attention to more people on winter hardships of children, Gul Panag has collaborated with Godrej Ezee this year. Known as an actress, entrepreneur, pilot, Gul is also a true humanitarian, and has always stood for causes close to heart. She runs an NGO – the Colonel Shamsher Singh Foundation, named after a grandfather, which works in the area of education, and gender equality. Gul will use her platform to support the cause and spread awareness amongst the public. While Ezee Hugs urges people to donate sweaters themselves amongst underprivileged kids, Ezee and Gul will jointly distribute more than 4000 sweaters across North India.
Speaking on this initiative, Sunil Kataria, CEO – India & SAARC, Godrej Consumer Products Limited (GCPL), “Godrej Ezee has always stood for warmth, comfort and care. Ezee Hugs, a noble initiative by Ezee that began in 2011, has grown over the years with the support of multiple stakeholders. This year, we are pleased to partner with Gul Panag who is known to take up causes that matter. Her social and political activism has had her being recognized as one of the most influential voices on social media and a youth icon. Our intent is to not just donate sweaters but also bring the attention to more people on this issue. We want to ensure that no underprivileged child suffers due to lack of appropriate means to keep themselves warm.”
While speaking about her association with Ezee Hugs, Gul Panag, said, “For someone who has lived in North India, winter-related hardships faced by underprivileged kids is something not many talk about or even acknowledge. From health impact to school attendance, the impact of cold weather on kids with no proper woollen wear is significant. Yet, there are fewer initiatives or people talking about it. Ezee Hugs is one such initiative that has stood strong and made people aware of this issue for over 10 years now. This is why I chose to partner with Godrej Ezee so that we can reach out to more people and ensure no underprivileged kid has to be without woollens.
“I have fond memories of winter, cosying up and enjoying the cold with my friends and family. I myself wear up to three layers of sweaters during this time of the year. At the same time, I realize that this is a privilege that not many of us have. I’m honoured to associate with Godrej Ezee for such a thoughtful initiative. I would like to encourage people to donate as much as they can and help the children”