Each year, approximately 68 million tonnes of food is wasted in India, and big occasions such as weddings are a major contributor. According to some reports, a staggering 40% of food gets wasted during a wedding.
The Robin Hood Army is a zero-funds volunteer organisation that works to get surplus food from restaurants and communities to serve the less fortunate. Their volunteers, popularly known as “Robins”, are largely students and young working professionals who work in their free time to contribute to the mission. The less fortunate sections of society the Robin Hood Army serves include homeless families, orphanages, patients from public hospitals and old age homes.
Robin Hood Army collaborated with Dentsu Creative and conceptualised #ExtendedGuestList, a platform (soon to be launched) that empowers people to proactively stop food from being wasted at weddings and other occasions. The idea is based on a very simple premise - while you plan for the biggest event of your life, we encourage you to also proactively plan for the possible food wastage at your wedding with the help of the Robin Hood Army. With #ExtendedGuestList every person who gets excess food from a wedding or an event becomes a part of the extended guest list, in a manner of speaking.
Robin Hood Army is also looking at launching a platform on their website named #ExtendedGuestList wherein you can ﬁll up a simple form with details like your name, wedding date, city, contact number etc. and the “Robins” from Robin Hood Army will get in touch with you to help you plan for possible food wastage at your wedding and other occasions.
To launch the #ExtendedGuestList platform with maximum impact, the Robin Hood Army with the help of Dentsu Creative partnered with recently married celebrity Hansika Motwani, whose wedding was the talk of the town. When the team reached out to Hansika, she readily agreed not only to partner with Robin Hood Army but also to invite some kids to her wedding to enjoy the feast and spread the word about this noble initiative.
Robin Hood Army announced the association with Hansika by releasing a teaser video, that showed the palpable excitement of the kids who were invited to Hansika’s wedding. Right after this teaser video was released, the #ExtendedGuestList was trending in India as the top Twitter trend.
Neel Ghose and Sanchit Jain, Founders of Robin Hood Army, said, “Robin Hood Army was founded on the principle of enabling every person to give back. And the #ExtendedGuestList is deﬁnitely a milestone in that journey. It is amazing to see celebrities come forward and do their bit and we’re thankful to Hansika Motwani for leading the way! Not only were we able to feed children surplus food from the wedding, but we now have a platform where anyone and everyone can save food proactively. We only hope that more and more people make their own #ExtendedGuestList for their weddings. To those who want to join us on this quest, I encourage you to volunteer with us!”
Shray Chawla, Senior Creative Director, Dentsu Creative, added, “When Robin Hood Army approached us and explained what they do, we knew we had to spread the word. Food wastage at Indian weddings is something no one talks about and we wanted to make it part of the conversation, but in a unique way. I'm glad we were able to work together with the Robin Hood Army to bring this platform alive. And kudos to the entire team for bringing a fresh perspective to food wastage. Here's hoping more and more people plan for an #ExtendedGuestList at their weddings, not just in India but also globally given the footprint of Robin Hood Army."
Sanchit Jain, Co-Founder, Robin Hood Army
Neel Ghose, Co-Founder, Robin Hood Army
Ambuj Ahuja: Partnerships - Lead, Robin Hood Army
Vishwani Marwah Biyani: Social Media Lead, Robin Hood Army
On-ground support: Robin Hood Army, Jaipur team
Team Dentsu Creative
Sudhir Das: Executive Creative Director, Dentsu Creative
Giamaria Fernandes: Group Creative Director, Dentsu Creative
Shray Chawla: Senior Creative Director, Dentsu Creative
Akshit Salian: Creative Director, Dentsu Creative
Mihir Joshi: Associate Creative Director
Sampreeti Singha: Copy Supervisor, Dentsu Creative
Siddhi Modi: Senior Copywriter, Dentsu Creative
Shubhankar Ghosh: Group Head - Art, Dentsu Creative
Ria Jatakia: Senior Art Director, Dentsu Creative
Ashit Chakravarty: Managing Partner, Dentsu Creative
Yatin Gupta: Vice President, Dentsu Creative
Prashant Motwani: Client Services Director, Dentsu Creative
Anurag Pandey: Senior Director, Dentsu Creative
Aparna Rani: Senior Account Manager, Dentsu Creative
Shriya Tomar: Account Executive,Dentsu Creative
Prerna Bareja: Account Executive, Dentsu Creative
Belinda F. Dokras: Head of Operations, Perfect Relations, Dentsu Creative
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