Monday, Sep 27, 2021 07:45 [IST]
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GANGTOK,: The Rotary Club of Darjeeling (RCD) conferred excellence awards to five outstanding personalities for their selfless contribution to society at an event held in Darjeeling on September 25.
The award function was organised to mark the vocational service month of the club, informs a press release.
“We conferred three Vocational Service Awards apart from Outstanding Youth Award, Community Service Award and The Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism,” said RCD president Gopal Khemani.
The three awardees of Vocational Service Award were Sarita Pradhan, former teacher of Nepali Girls’ Higher Secondary School; Kamlesh Rai, teacher, St. Teresa Higher Secondary School and Rahul Gazmer, coach, Warrior TaeKwon Do Dojang.
Kamlesh Rai has coached and officiated as manager for the under-17 Subroto Mukherjee National School Football tournament and the Jawaharlal Nehru Under- 17 Hockey Tournament for Girls in 2015, 2016, and 2019.
Rai was also the official coach at the first National Indoor Hockey Championship organised by the Hockey Association of India as well as at the State Games organised by the Bengal Olympic Association. Rai also served as the official basketball coach at the State School Championships.
Rahul Gazmer has helped many hill students bring laurels from outside the region through his mentorship while Sarita Pradhan, an author, has selflessly dedicated many decades of her life in the profession providing a strong educational foundation and imparting moral values into society
“Rotary Club of Darjeeling is fully committed to recognize those who have left a lasting impact on our society so that it can inspire leaders of our society to carry on with their work,” said RCD board member Sunirmal Chakravarti.
The Outstanding Youth Award was conferred to Nisha Gurung.
In 2010, Nisha played for the junior Bengal School Hockey Challenge Shield for the under-17 and represented Bengal at the sub-junior Girls National Hockey Championship held in Patna where she was appointed vice-captain of the team. Nisha further went on to represent the State at the Senior National Indoor Hockey Championship held in Maharashtra in 2012 and then in 2013 she represented the State at the senior national Hockey Championship where her team finished a creditable third. She also represented the State at the 58th National School Games held in Chandigarh.
In 2019, Nisha had the distinct honour of coaching the Darjeeling District men’s team at the State Hockey Championship.
Vik-Run Foundation was the recipient of Community Service Award.
The foundation has been encouraging healthy lifestyle among the youth and has done exemplary service during the Covid-19 pandemic by organizing free oxygen cylinders and concentrators apart from providing legal and financial support to the needy.
The Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism was awarded to Gideon Lepcha, a journalist par-excellence, who started his career in 1985 before retiring nine years back. Lepcha worked under tiring times and circumstances to empower the hill society with facts, often risking his life.
Rotary Club of Darjeeling this year distributed medical stretchers, provided free rations to residents of closed tea gardens. The club is running a free oxygen concentrator project and a free blood pressure and blood sugar screening camp at the Rotary Tower situated at Chowk Bazaar. The club also handed over 12 hockey sticks to budding players from the hills.
The awards were presented by Himalayan Mountaineering Institute principal Jai Kishan, who is also the honorary member of RCD, the release mentions.