to raise 63,000 pounds for charity
London, July 2, 2008
actress Shilpa Shetty won the Global diversity Award 2008 here
for making a significant contribution to the public appreciation
and understanding of diversity.
helped the organisers to raise 63,000 pounds for a charity - the
Silver Star Appeal - that runs mobile diabetes assessment units.
to galvanise the charity auction, a dinner with British Prime
Minister Gordon Brown at Wembley, the Bollywood actress climbed
up to the stage, took the mike and told the audience last night
that the winner would get a "kiss from me" Then she
hastened to add "It will be on the cheek. I don't want my
effigies burnt again." She was obviously referring to the
controversy over the Hollywood star Richard Gere kissing her on
stage during an AIDS awareness event in New Delhi in April last
year which resulted in some Hindu nationalists burning her effigies
and slapping court cases against her and Gere in India.
A young man
who pledged 12,500 pounds for the dinner picked up three kisses
from the Bollywood star on the cheek as a bargain.
earlier in the day met British Prime Minister Gordon Brown who
congratulated her on her winning the honour. Besides Shetty, British
racing driver Lewis Hamilton was chosen for the award.
NRI Labour MP who launched the charity last year after being diagnosed
as a diabetes patient, said the money raised would help buy the
charity's third mobile unit. "One of these buses will be
sent to India," Vaz said.