Aamir Khan - Actor
Aamir Khan needs little introduction because he’s really, really famous. He’s an Indian film actor, director and producer and has established himself as one of the most popular and influential actors of Indian cinema. We had the pleasure of meeting with him in 2015 and below is what he posted on his Facebook page soon after. He also shared the Dehradun Boys and Doon Girls School recycling rap on his social media pages reaching out to his 16.9 million followers.
"I am genuinely happy to find out about the wonderful work that Waste Warriors is doing and I wish them all the very best in the mammoth task they have undertaken. I thoroughly share their dream of a clean India and hope that news of their work spreads far and wide and they get the support that they truly deserve."
Anand G Mahindra - Chairman & Managing Director - Mahindra Group
This hugely successful businessman graduated from Harvard College, Massachusetts in 1977 and completed his MBA from Harvard Business School, Boston in 1981. Anand Mahindra has won a number of awards and was recently named Business Leader of the Year by NDTV. Despite his hectic schedule he gave 45 minutes of his valuable time to meet with us in Mumbai and has since admitted he’s a big fan of our work.
"Waste Warriors is doing commendable work in the field of waste collection and disposal. As a "Spark the Rise" finalist, the Mahindra group is proud to support their efforts in Dehradun and Dharamshala and I hope that other cities learn from their experience and embrace sustainable, holistic and community driven approaches to waste disposal."
Adam Gilchrist - Former Australian cricket Captain
Adam Gilchrist – The former Australian cricket Captain and the current Captain of Kings XI Punjab is a big fan of Waste Warriors. He is considered to be one of the greatest wicket-keeper–batsmen in the history of the game. Our founder Jodie met Gilly in 2011 and insists he is one of the nicest and most down to earth men you’ll ever meet. He starred in our anti littering TV commercial in 2012 and has pledged to continue to help whenever he can.
“I think the work that Waste Warriors does is incredible and I wish them every success in their efforts! There is no doubt that garbage is a problem in India but we had a similar issue in Australia twenty years ago. The Government launched a Clean Up campaign that was a huge success and the same initiative is needed here in India. I have no doubt that Waste Warriors can make that happen and I will do what I can to help.
I have a lot of respect for Jodie, the founder who has obviously fallen in love with this diverse country, she has a strong desire to make a difference and her contribution to date most certainly proves it. ”
Piyush Chawla - Leg Spinner in Indian Cricket Team
This leg spinning bowler plays for Kings XI Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and the Indian National Cricket team meaning he spends a lot of time on the road and has witnessed India’s garbage problem first hand. Originally from Moradabad he played in the India U-19 team and the Central Zone. In 2006 he was chosen for the Indian Test Squad, making him the second youngest Test debutant for India after Sachin Tendulkar.
“I’m very proud to be Indian but it saddens me to see how much ‘katchara’ is everywhere. I always use a dustbin, it’s something I’ve done since being a kid. The Waste Warriors team did a great job at Mohali and Dharamsala Cricket cricket stadiums and I hope that one day they’ll be working at all the stadiums. It can’t be easy doing that kind of job so I wish them lots of luck.”
Mike Young - Fielding Coach of Kings XI punjab
Born in Chicago, U.S he is the fielding coach for Kings XI Punjab. He started out as a baseball player then moved into coaching, receiving the International Baseball Federation ‘Coach of the Year’ award in 1997 and 1999. In 2000 he made the switch to cricket, coaching the South African and the Australian national cricket teams. Mike tasted IPL success when Deccan Chargers won the league in 2009.
"I was very happy when I met Jodie and realized how completely committed she is to cleaning up India. It's a big task she's taken on and I admire her guts. She recently showed me some photos of the work Waste Warriors is involved in and I have to admit I was blown away. They're doing great work and with very little support. This group may be small now but they’re destined for great things."