| The Earth Awards and Live To Love UK Launching
Live To Love London, United Kingdom
We were delighted and honoured that His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa, the founder of Live To Love, joined us in London last week for the prestigious Earth Awards, now in its second year, and for our own Live to Love UK launch. The Earth Awards ceremony was held in the grounds of Marlborough House, the Commonwealth Secretariat (previously a Royal residence). The awards were given to the creators of exciting new products that have the power to improve quality of life and lead the way in sustainable design. His Holiness was a member of the Selection Committee that decided on the category winners and also the Grand Prize, which was awarded to Professor David Wendell and his team for their innovation Artificial Photosynthetic Foam (www.theearthawards.org).
On display in the grounds of Marlborough House was the Commonwealth Pavilion - beautifully made at the Druk White Lotus School in Ladakh by a team of architectural students and nuns, under the guidance of Sergio Palleroni from Basic Initiative. This striking structure will make its way back to Shey, where it will be used as a outdoor canopy at the school. After the ceremony, there was a gala dinner at Spencer House, which was built by an ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales and the only surviving 18th century private palace in London. For a glimpse of the evening, please follow the link to http://www.youtube.com/user/theearthawards.
Live to Love UK was officially launched on Friday 17th September at a gala dinner in the gracious surroundings of the Royal Society in London. Viscount and Viscountess Cowdray, film and TV stars Aamir Khan , Michelle Yeoh and Ruby Wax, Take That's Mark Owen and Jason Orange and film directors Kiran Rao, Ed Bye and Glen Goei were joined by some of London's foremost entrepreneurs for the first event of L2L UK, which was also a fundraiser to restore the recently devastated Druk White Lotus School. Before dinner, guests joined Jonathan Rose, prominent architect and Chair of the Drukpa Trust, at an exhibition of the award winning school in the adjacent Royal Society of Engineering. Over dinner, the guests, many of whom had come from around the globe for the event, watched a short AV film describing the message of Live to Love UK and then heard His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa, founder of both Live to Love and the school, explain the vision and aspirations for the international movement.
His Holiness encouraged people from all walks of life to be more mindful of one another and in particular to take care of the environment. After His Holiness's talk, Aamir Khan accepted conferment as the first Ambassador of Live to Love International and His Holiness presented Mr Khan with a commemorative plaque and a L2L T- shirt.
For Aamir it was a case of 'been there, done that and got the T-shirt! ' as the school featured in the blockbuster film 'The 3 Idiots', which he starred in, and he was one of the first to visit the area after the recent mudslides to give support. Viscount and Viscountess Cowdray, longtime patrons and supporters of the school, then graciously accepted becoming patrons of Live to Love International. The guests were a diverse mix of nationalities and backgrounds but the atmosphere was as if a group of longstanding friends had met together. The enjoyment of the guests was reflected by their generous donations and their desire to linger and chat late into the evening.
During His Holiness's visit, there was also an opportunity for live radio interviews. The BBC interviews (link for Radio 4) http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00trn9s. We are deeply appreciative that His Holiness participated in these unique events and we look forward to developing Live to Love UK in the coming weeks and months. Our goal is to create pledge groups of active, compassionate citizens who will really help people in need within their local communities and also contribute to key international projects.