Community & Social Service

Tornos Foundation has two ongoing permanent projects to serve the needy and contribute  its bit to the society in general. These projects are primarily funded, supported and managed by Tornos Destinations (India) Pvt Ltd., as a part of its Corporate Social Responsibility initiative. 

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Joy of Sharing


On the occasion of World Tourism Day, 27th September every year and at many other occasions, we at Tornos Foundation serve the community by way of organizing cleanliness drives, public education programmes, under-privileged society’s social enhancement through tourism, social service at orphanages, destitute homes, old-age homes etc., 

Some of The Land Mark Events.....

TORNOS exemplifies compassion - World Tourism Day 

(27th September 2003)

It was a sunny morning of 27th September 2003 but so unlike other mornings it was. A small tour enterprise in Lucknow named TORNOS took a social initiative of collecting 53 small children from the slums of Lucknow who were basically rag-pickers, to show them inside of the walls of the beautiful monuments of Lucknow. These monuments are inaccessible to this section of our society.

We at TORNOS who are handling foreign tourists since 1994 had planned an event that surpassed the highest degree of compassion and showed the world that compassion does not really require any budget but just an attitude.

The children were brought together at the Hotel Taj Residency for a flag off ceremony at 0930 hours. Here took place an ‘Aarti-Tika’ and T-shirts distribution ceremony sponsored by a Local Travel Agency. A large deluxe coach was flagged off by Mr. Vimal Seth, the General Manager of the hotel, from here for a city tour of Lucknow.

The Group reached Husainabad Imambara, where, the Husainabd Trust exclusively for these very special guests hosted a tea party. The sight seeing was conducted by none other than the descendent of the Nawab of Lucknow, Nawab Jafar Mir Abdullha along with the executives of TORNOS and other guests. The entry to this monument was free for this group.

Next halt was Asafi Imambara, where again a group photograph was taken and the guests were shown around the Imambara. Shia clergy was kind enough to extend all VVIP treatment to this group here too.

We moved on to Lucknow Residency and Archeological Survey of India extended free entry into this monument for the children and arranged for a fruit distribution here.

Lucknow Zoo was the final destination. Here the compassionate individuals waited on the gates to welcome the group. The guest list included Mr. Mukul Singhal (Director General Tourism – UP), Other officers of UP Tourism, Dr. Fonia (Director ASI, Lucknow), Mr. Vimal Seth (GM – Taj Lucknow) with his team of HODs and executives, Ms. Eva Sharma (Director-LKO ZOO), Mr.Rahul Dave (Station Manager – Jet Airways), Mr. Sujit Kumar (Station Manager – Indian Airlines), Mr. S. N Srivastava (GM- Great Value Travels), Mr. Sharad Thadani (MD – Mayfair Travels), Mr. Sengupta (Area Manager – SITA Travels), Mr. S.K.Saxena (Manager – TCI ), Mr. Mohit Chandra (Manager – Travel Bureau), Prof T.V Singh (Travel Researcher and Academician), Dr. Manoj Dixit (Dept of Tourism – IGNOU), Mr. R.K.Saxena (Principal IHM, Lko), Mr. & Mrs. Katti (TTG Asia correspondent and travel writers), Print and TV media along with Mr. Prateek Hira (President & CEO – Tornos) with his team.

The compassionate individuals were waiting here to welcome the special group at the Zoo gates. None here was VIP or VVIP just individuals who were full of compassion. Finally the group arrived with flowers in their hands to hand it over to us as a gesture of gratitude. We then walked into the Zoo along with the children and settled down to have Lunch with these children. Hotel Taj Residency served this lunch, and to top it all the senior executive including the General Manager himself served it.

There after mementos were distributed to all the compassionate individuals to thank them for all the support extended to TORNOS in pioneering this cause.

World Tourism Organisation has mentioned this event in their international diary apart from an extensive encouragements received from, The President of India, Prime Minister, Tourism Minister and Tourism Secretary (Govt. of India). WE AT TORNOS SERVE TOURISM SOCIALLY TOO !!!

 

'UNSUNG HEROES OF TOURISM' - World Tourism Day 

(27th September 2006) 

It was a pleasant evening of 27th September when 150 guests from all spheres of travel trade, airlines, hotels and travel academia assembled in the lawns of Hotel Comfort Inn to honour the senior most Taxi Driver, Hotel Doorman, Railway Porter and Tonga Driver. The event was presided over by Principal Secretary & DG - Tourism Dr.Om Prakash. This was the most thoughtful of events ever organised in our industry where that part of our industry was honoured that is unknowingly neglected and unrecognised, but without whom tourism is just not possible. The event was followed by a Cocktail Dinner and soulful Qawalis recited by Ustad Haider Baksh and party. Local media was all Ga-Ga over the event to the extent that Hindustan a Lucknow daily had a first page prime cover story and NDTV 24X7 showed a seven minutes documentary apart from a direct telecast on Doordarshan.   

 

'Food for all' -  World Food Day

(16th October 2007-11 and again in 2014)

We joined hands with the Home Science, Cultural Studies and Social Work & Women Studies Departments of the University, to shoulder their responsibility in their ongoing project, where they have adopted 4 slums in Lucknow. They support 4 schools of 500 slum children by way of regular studies in morning and evening and even medical camps that are organized exclusively for these underprivileged children. 16th October happens to be The World Food Day, where we together feed the hungry stomachs of those masses who constitute rag pickers and indulge in other menial jobs. 

Under this programme we propagated an idea of collecting the left-over banquet and restaurant food from the hotels (not wasted food from the plates) and serve them in neatly packed boxes form  the hotel/restaurant itself. We always receive an overwhelming response from all leading hotels in the city: Vivnata by Taj, Clarks Avadh, Sarovar, Lineage and The Piccadily. It is sheer joy to see smiles on these otherwise crying faces.

 

 It is never too late to realise the fact that, first it is necessary to stand on your own two feet. But the minute you find yourself in that position, the next thing you should do is to reach out your arms to others who have not stood. You can contribute to us not only financially but other ways too. How ? 

 

Donation does not necessarily come in huge sums. It could be just a few rupees saved by way of smoking a cigarette less a day, or drinking a peg lesser once a week, or may be just collecting the money that you might have earned by selling household junk, old news-papers and magazines. You may also donate your household goods, old clothes, toys, books etc., Know how ?

 


The worst part is that a three month old cub is nailed in its nose with red-hot iron, to make way for a plastic rope that would remain there for all its life and make it stand and shake as a dancer not to the tune of the dugdugi but due to pain that it feels when the rope is pulled. The teeth are smashed, claws clipped and it is made to stand on a hot tin plate so that it learns jumping and swaying. More...

 

 

Tornos Foundation (TF) is a registered non-profit social organisation in India. www.tornosindia.com are our principal supporters.

Our charity supporters are RACH Foundation, registered as a non-profit organisation in the USA.  www.rachfoundation.org