Yasmeen Maqbool, an all-time softie is the Features Editor of Filmfare ME, Salt ‘n’ Peppa and Femina ME. Her passion lies in telling stories about people who do what they do because it matters.Rooted to reality, Hredi Chhabria believes in her dreams and to help realize them she asks herself, “How can I make this work?” Living in Dubai, she has learnt to thrive in a multi-cultural environment and transform obstacles into stepping-stones to spark a change.
Confident, compassionate, focused, socially aware, motivated and pragmatic – is what Hredi has made of herself at just 16 years of age. It was during her yearly summer breaks last year, when her eyes swelled with tears on seeing the plight of young homeless street children in Mumbai. She felt devastated, and immediately knew that she wanted to make a change in their lives.
Her solemn pledge to herself paid off when she learnt of Spark A Change Foundation, just a few months ago. The foundation ensures positive transformational changes amongst low-income communities by providing them with knowledge, values and support to identify and achieve their true potential. Hredi was thrilled and elated to find that their views resonated with hers.
Fortunately for Hredi, she did not have any failed attempts before launching C3: Customised Candles for a Cause. She coined it, as C3, as her product; candles, resonated with ‘spark’ that would remind people of the message – ‘Spark a Change’.
Hredi explained, that the main intent of the project was to inspire a change and bring about awareness. And to amass the funds to sponsor 100 needy children, she ideated
But, to mark a stamp on the product, she usually handpicks the candles from suppliers, and makes some at home, so that they are unusual and appealing. The money that she generates from sales is used to sponsor activities that will bring a change in the lives of these children.
Hredi initiated the project just two months ago and got a head start with great support from her parents. They guided her through from booking for exhibitions to giving advice on which candles looked the best.
She explains, “I was looking for ways to not only get the funds for the children, but to also pronounce the message behind the initiative towards a larger reach. So, I decided that candles would be the ideal product that would remind people that a spark is all it takes to bring about a change.”
“A small step towards change is enough, if every person takes that initiative. I customize the candles so that everyone who buys my candles carries with them my effort, which hopefully will remind them of the small spark we’ve ignited together. With every 555 candles sold, it will help educate 100 children through the Magic Bus Programme, which I plan to launch next month with Spark a Change.”
Hredi understands that by being part of exhibitions, her message will get the much-needed platform to vocalize her cause to the affluent Dubai community. She is extremely delighted with the support she has received from both exhibitors and clients alike. She believes that in a month’s time she will be able to meet the target she has set for herself.
Recently, a wellness centre slated to open doors soon, has offered their space as a venue for Hredi to sell her candles. She is constantly on the lookout for more options to popularize her cause to a larger section of the community and harness their support to bring about a change.
However, she wants to take more time before she approaches any corporates, individuals or other philanthropic
organizations to join hands with her to achieve her goal.
She understands that C3 is very new and she is keen on spreading awareness for
She hopes that her initiative will grow in time and help spark the change in many more lives. “This for me is real success, because every person today needs to be inspired to step out of their comfort zone, to make an effort and change the world around them for the better.”