Shah Rukh Khan will be honoured at the 24th Crystal Awards, along with Cate Blanchett and Elton John, for his commitment to improving children’s and women’s rights in India through his non‐profit Meer Foundation.
The Crystal Awards, hosted by the World Economic Forum celebrate the achievements of outstanding artists who have shown exemplary commitment to improving the state of the world.
According to WEF, Khan is being honoured for his compassion and dedication to a worthy cause. “He is the founder of the non‐profit Meer Foundation, which provides support to female victims of acid attacks and major burn injuries through medical treatment, legal aid, vocational training, rehabilitation and livelihood support. He has also been responsible for the creation of specialized children’s hospital wards and has supported childcare centres with free boarding for children undergoing cancer treatment.”
Khan expressed his gratitude on Twitter. “Thank you for this honour. I consider my work with these heroic and beautiful women a great privilege as it imparts dignity and purpose to my life. I hope to spread awareness of the unparalleled heroism of these ladies and reach out to others in order to carry this work to its conclusion.”
The awards ceremony will be held on 22nd January, 2018 in Davos, Switzerland.