Jain and Hindu Organ Donation Alliance has recently become a charity and announced three eminent patrons during the evening:  Lord Jitesh Gadhia; Professor Sir Nilesh Samani and singer, songwriter, and musician Navin Kundra. 

Lord Jitesh Gadhia, Patron of JHOD, said: “It has been a great pleasure to see JHOD go from strength to strength since its inaugural meeting at the Houses of Parliament in July 2019.  I am delighted to be announced as a patron of JHOD. The introduction of an opt-out system has brought new hope to those waiting for an organ transplant, however, there is still lots of work to be done. I am proud that JHOD continues to lead the way, providing culturally appropriate and patient-friendly information to promote organ donation and transplantation within the South Asian Community. Diwali offers us all a moment to reflect on the noble examples of Lord Rama and Sita, who embodied the noble virtues of sacrifice, service, and duty – values which remain more relevant than ever.”

Professor Sir Nilesh Samani, Patron of JHOD, said: “Organ donation can provide a gift of life to someone. There is an urgent need for more organ donors from the Asian community. The mission of JHOD is therefore vital – to raise awareness of organ donation and to provide information and support to families in making the decision to donate. This is a noble cause and I am delighted to serve as a Patron of JHOD”.

Navin Kundra, Patron of JHOD, said: “I am delighted to be a Patron of the Jain and Hindu Organ Donation Alliance to help raise awareness and spread the importance of donating organs and potentially saving lives among the South Asian communities nationally.  This cause is very close to my heart and I hope to support the excellent work of JHOD by extending the audience reach and opening important dialogues with families about this cause to encourage more organ donations.”