Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are determined to make their wedding stand out from what usual protocol dictates. This year, instead of creating an official invitation list of global political leaders, the royal couple has invited people who are creating a positive change on the grassroots level.
One such guest is Suhani Jalota, who has worked towards women empowerment through her Myna Mahila Foundation. You can read all about the foundation in The Better India story, here.
Rosie Ginday, a British-Asian pastry chef, has also received an invite to the wedding. Rosie believes in helping the unemployed youth living in Birmingham, UK, get trained and fully prepared for a bright career ahead.
“Both of my parents were born in Punjab. My mum has a house in Ludhiana and was back home at my cousin’s wedding when I got the invite to the royal wedding.”
In 2011, Rosie established Miss Macaroon CIC, a social enterprise that engages marginalised youth in training for catering businesses. “We train small groups of individuals aged 18 to 35 and tailor each eight-week course to address their personal barriers to employment,” says the Miss Macaroon manifesto. The initiative, called Macaroons that Make a Difference or MacsMAD promises the trainees are ready for the world and ensures they get jobs in reputed firms after the eight-week course.
“MacsMAD trainees leave the course with their five-year plan, up to date CV, extensive interview practice, industry contacts and help to apply for jobs” adds the company.
Miss Macaroon is Rosie’s way of “[combining] my passion for social enterprise and premium-quality baking, born from my training as a high-end pastry chef at University College Birmingham and moving on to working in Michelin-starred kitchens.”
Speaking to the Vogue magazine, she said, “My ultimate aim and driver is to help youngsters break into a highly competitive industry while providing moments of sublime indulgence for Miss Macaroon’s customers.”
When the royal family visited Rosie’s Miss Macaroon last week and tasted her bespoke macaroons, they were “floured” and wasted no time in inviting the social enterprise head to their wedding.
“It’s exhilarating to receive this invitation and be acknowledged in this way,” Ginday told the Economic Times, further adding, “They are using the occasion to shine a light on organisations working to improve their communities, which is fantastic.”
Ginday is set to attend the wedding picnic that the British royals are organising on 19 May 2018. The guest list might not be full of the cream of global politics, but it indeed features some great personalities helping the world become a better place.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)