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Community Scheme Gets Backing

24 April 2014

Local firm Wanis pledges financial support as both organisations celebrate landmark years.

Leading world food and drinks distributor Wanis International Foods is celebrating its 50th anniversary with the launch of a campaign to raise £50,000 for charitable causes and they have chosen the Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme as one of five benefactors.

The Wanis team are planning a whole host of fundraising activities throughout the year including sponsored 10k runs by company directors Sanjay and Kapil Wadhwani. The staff team are also setting their own challenges including a ‘£1 for a 1lbs’ diet programme and a sponsored silence.

Additionally the business will host a summer Carnival at its depot in East London for its customers and suppliers, to help meets its ambitious target. The money raised will be shared equally between five charities, all of which have a connection with Wanis, locally and internationally.

Sanjay Wadhwani, MD at Wanis said:
“It is very special for a business to celebrate a 50th anniversary, and also remain a family business. Since this is such an important milestone, we all wanted to pull together to celebrate the occasion by giving something back to the communities that have helped us to grow."
“We have always supported good causes, locally and internationally. However, we wanted to make this year extra special. All of the charities we are supporting have very ambitious aims, and are doing a fantastic job for the communities they serve. We are very excited about getting involved, raising awareness and money to help them continue the great work they are doing.”

Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme Chief Executive, Neil Taylor commented, “We are absolutely delighted to be joining forces with Wanis and are proud to have been chosen to celebrate such a great landmark. We are especially delighted that Wanis are keen to actively help us celebrate our 25th Anniversary and look forward to a longer term partnership.“

Wanis was started by Mr Tulsidas Wadhwani in 1964 (or Mr Wani as he came to be known). From humble beginnings importing small quantities of specialist products from Africa and the Caribbean, the business has grown into one of the UK’s largest world food and drink distributors. The business operates from a 120,000 sq. ft. depot in East London, employs 140 people, provides over 8,000 different products and exports to more than 20 different countries.

Mr Wadhwani continued, “Our birthday is also a great opportunity to thank everyone who has helped us over the past five decades. From our customers, suppliers and the businesses we work with, to the vitally important Wanis family, who work tireless every day to make what we do so special.”

Pictured above are Wanis Sales Director, John Payne (left) with Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme Chief Executive, Neil Taylor (right)

The other charities that are being supported alongside the Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme include Orient Business Charity Partners, The African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust, UK as well as Guru Nanak Trust, Home for the Disabled, India, St Anne’s Church, Greenwich Town, Jamaica and Waltham Forest Cinema Trust, London.

For more information about Wanis International Foods visit www.wanis.com.

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