WFDB Diamond Aid Campaign Culminates in COVID Vaccination Drive in Mumbai
The World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) Diamond Aid campaign, launched in May to raise funds to help India in its battle with COVID-19, has culminated with the launch of a free vaccination drive for diamond artisans in Mumbai.
The vaccination drive, which will encompass 5,000 diamond artisans in its first stage, is being organized in conjunction with the Indian Gem & Jewellery National Relief Foundation (GJNRF) and the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), in coordination with the Bharat Diamond Bourse.
The vaccinations are being administered by Apollo Hospitals, a leading healthcare services provider. The Borivali Diamond Cutters and Polishers Association has provided the venue and logistics support for the event.
Led by the WFDB, the Diamond Aid campaign was designed to mobilize the diamond and jewelry industry worldwide. The campaign was conducted through personal appeals to industry leaders, press, internet and social media. The campaign raised many tens of thousands of dollars from both individuals and industry organizations.
Mr. Yoram Dvash, WFDB President, said, “We are extremely gratified that the WFDB’s Diamond Aid campaign has enabled the vaccination of thousands of diamond workers in the Mumbai area. We launched the Diamond Aid campaign out of a deep sense of mutual responsibility for the diamond community worldwide. Through our efforts, we were able to mobilize the support of large parts of the diamond and jewelry world and to raise many tens of thousands of dollars for this cause. We thank all of our donors, as well as the BDB, the GNJRF and the GJEPC for making this vaccination drive a reality.”