Godfrey Phillips bravery awards announced
Kolkata, Mar 20 : The Godfrey Phillips Bravery, a corporate social initiative of Godfrey Phiilips India, honoured fifteen bravehearts from West Bengal, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh here on Wednesday.
The awards were announced by General Secretary of Godfrey Phillips Bravery Awards, Harmanjit Singh. The awards will be given on Wednesday night by West Bengal minister for power & non-conventional energy sources Manish Gupta.
Danseuse Mamata Shankar and actress Rupa Ganguly will be present at the event.
The list of awardees include Late Barun Biswas for Mind of Steel Award, Prasannata Shandilya, Vadivelu, P. Kalmani, V. Madan, Uday Moorthy, Suthrapu Shiva Prasad, K. Gopi for Phisycal Bravery Award, Udasi Sahu, Priyanka Mondal, Mora Bhadresham, Anjali Chandrasekhar, ADSN Prasad, Manoj Rai for Social Bravery Award and Madhuri Ghosh for Amodini Award.
Manoj Rai, a photo journalist of Kalimpong, achieved the award for his compassion for fellow human beings, caught in the grip of nature's fury in Darjeeling.
Anjali Chandrasekhar, a 19-year college student, managed to raise Rs 1.3 lakh and also donated $ 5,000 to buy insulin for diabetic children in 17 developing countries.
Mora Bhadresham, in the capacity of a head of a village, invested Rs 5 lakh, given by the state government, to set up a water purifying plant, which today can provide 36 cans of 25 liters each to all the families of the village.
Suthrapu Shiva Prasad, a 16 year old boy, risked his life to save a 45 year old woman from getting drowned in river Mayendla.
Priyanka Mondal, a nurse by profession, saved a woman suffering from labour pain at the roadside and helped her get the baby delivered.
Udasi Sahu works for the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). Her daily tryst with life includes walking for miles in every atmosphere to assist people in problems in the surrounding villages amid threats from naxals.
Five brave men, Vadivelu, P. Kalmani, V. Madan, Uday Moorthy and K. Gopi had saved 22 lives from the fury of Cyclone Nilam which hit South India in October, 2012.
Prasannata Shandilya, a 10 year old girl, threw spices into the eyes of five intruders who rushed to the home to steal and beat her parents. The thieves were eventually apprehended.
Madhuri Ghosh has been the driving force behind a revolution which is empowering women in the villages of South Bengal.
Late Barun Biswas lost his life owing to miscreants and rapists who raped women in front of their family members. Biswas protested and was shot at the Gobordanga railway station.
ADSN Prasad, a speech pathologist, established Pathway India, a voluntary non-profit NGO, which today is a relatively large institution, serving over 300 disabled and 250 normal children and adults on a daily basis.
Harmanjit Singh said on the occasion, "I congratulate all our awardees. In our journey of over 21 yeras, Godfrey Phillips Bravery Awards have always stood for courage, compassion and alertness in thought and action."