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Royal Memorial to Mumbai Victims Raises £250,000

Friday, 4 December, 2009 - 5:12 am

HRH_and_BZS.jpgFaith leaders, royalty, politicians and celebrities gathered at London’s Kensington Palace last week to commemorate the lives of the 166 people who perished in the Mumbai terror attacks a year ago, including the Jewish victims who were killed in the city's Chabad House.

The event - organised by the DVK Foundation which was established by Deepak Kuntawala who survived the Mumbai attacks, rescuing 150 people - was attended by over 150 international guests including Bollywood film stars, HRH Prince Michael of Kent and Deputy Mayor of London Richard Barnes.

During the evening Prince Michael addressed the audience speaking about the war on terror and guests and speakers stood together in solidarity for a minute of silent tribute to those lost in the Mumbai 26/11 attacks.

Rabbi Bentzi Sudak (pictured above with Prince Michael), chief-executive of Chabad Lubavitch UK, gave a heart warming address referring to the bravery and heroism of Sandra Samuel, the nanny who rescued the Rabbi Gabby and Rivka Holtzberg’s two-year-old son, Moshe, from the Chabad House.

"Here in the midst of the terror that gripped the world, we witnessed the best of mankind," said Rabbi Sudak.

"As humans, we are all interconnected; Jews and Indians, Londoners and Mumbaikars and we must remember the strength of faith that emerged in the depths of tragedy. No matter how hard it was the terrorists did not win. They did not succeed. While they tried to spread a veil of darkness on the world, humanity responded with its brightest light. We witnessed the heroism of the likes of Sandra and Deepak, and the unbreakable spirit of the people of Mumbai."

He continued by paying tribute to the work of the DVK Foundation saying: "One year on, it is our duty as keep humanity's bright light alive and shining as strong as ever. We must remember how we united and cared for one another. We need not look far to see how this is exemplified. The kitchen at the Chabad House was totally destroyed during the attacks.  Today I can say to you all, Deepak and DVK Foundation will help us to rebuild it again and start serving hot food to all those who need it most."

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