Tom is an Economics student at The University of Edinburgh. Since 2019, he has been a devoted supporter of the OSCAR Foundation, starting with his encounter with the UK tour at Brighton College. Tom actively fundraises for OSCAR and continues to do so. In 2020, Tom volunteered for a month with the OSCAR programme in Mumbai. During his time here, he assisted the Data team and Football coaches, gaining first hand insight into OSCAR’s impactful work on the ground. Witnessing the tangible impact OSCAR has on the lives of children further fueled his passion for their mission. Tom also completed a 5-day mini triathlon in Edinburgh to support OSCAR’s initiatives. The challenge served as a means to raise funds and awareness for the foundation. Tom’s believes that his involvement with OSCAR has not only opened his eyes to the remarkable work but has also solidified his commitment to supporting the foundation’s efforts. He says that he quickly felt a sense of belonging within the OSCAR family and is grateful for the opportunity to serve as a Charity Ambassador.
Ruby is a Biology graduate from the University of Bristol and is embarking on a Master’s in Translational Cardiovascular Medicine.
Ruby joined the OSCAR family in 2016 when she worked on the first UK tour. She published a very successful ‘Global Cook Book’ to raise funds and toured the UK with Ashok delivering assemblies in schools. Ruby was instrumental in launching and heading up the International Young Leader programme.
Ruby assisted on all three UK tours, speaking to over 10,000 pupils. In 2019 Ruby handled the logistics and team management for the Dana Cup OSCAR girls triumphant tour to Denmark.
Ruby has volunteered for OSCAR in Mumbai and Jharkhand many times. She loves OSCAR so much; she chose to celebrate her 21st birthday with her OSCAR family on a boat in the Bay of Mumbai.
Phoebe Mayhew is a History with Innovation student at the University of Bristol.
Phoebe has wholeheartedly embraced OSCAR’s cause, becoming a dedicated believer and supporter, deeply impressed by the foundation’s extensive work. In January 2020, Phoebe embarked on a month-long visit to Mumbai, where she was astounded by OSCAR’s unwavering commitment to the boys and girls involved and their relentless dedication to helping as many children and families as possible. During her stay, Phoebe had the privilege of sitting in on and assisting with the ManCity Cityzens Giving Programme for the OSCAR young leaders. Witnessing firsthand the transformative impact of providing these young individuals with the tools to become future leaders left a lasting impression on her. She took part in the High Five for OSCAR campaign, pushing herself to complete a challenging combination of cycling, running, and swimming to raise funds.
Phoebe deeply understands the priceless opportunities that OSCAR provides, and she eagerly anticipates future visits and continued support. Her unwavering commitment to OSCAR’s mission reflects her genuine desire to contribute in any way she can and create a lasting impact on the lives of the children and families supported by the organisation.
Tinka, 20 years old, is in her second year at The University of Edinburgh, studying sport science. She plays for the university hockey team and keeps team spirit up with her positive energy that we got to know so well.
She took a gap year before university during which she travelled to Mumbai for a month and worked with the OSCAR foundation, which she has described as ‘the most incredible and eye opening experience’, Tinka has chosen to become a young ambassador for the charity.
She did a lot of work with the nursery and enjoyed teaching the children games and songs that they could take with them as they grow up.
Tinka and her dad, Olly, ran 80 km in 2 days along the Thames path back in 2019 before she went out to Mumbai and then completed a mini triathlon in 2020 with Tom Taylor, another young ambassador, raising funds for OSCAR during extremely hard times of COVID.
Aanya Shah, a rising sophomore in high school, has been a cherished member of the OSCAR Family for over a year now. Aanya has actively organized various fundraisers, including biking 100 miles and selling chocolates at her school. She also collaborated with her father to host an event, where all the proceeds were dedicated to funding a pizza party for the children within the OSCAR Foundation. Witnessing the positive impact of these fundraisers and how the funds directly benefit children in India brings her great joy. Recently, Aanya has taken on a new project to further support OSCAR. She is diligently working on creating a podcast focused on raising awareness about child protection within the OSCAR Foundation. Aanya plans to interview members of the foundation, using their stories and insights to spread the word about OSCAR’s mission and make a difference in the lives of children. As India holds a special place in Aanya’s heart as her ancestral home, the children at OSCAR have a profound significance to her. She eagerly looks forward to making more meaningful memories with the OSCAR family and continuing her efforts to support and uplift the lives of these children.