Three eminent personalities from the region were conferred with IFKCA awards, instituted by the Udupi branch of International Federation of Karnataka Christian Associations, for the year 2012 here on Thursday.

Advocate Shirtady William Pinto received the ‘IFKCA Samaj Ratna Award’, R.L. Dias, president of Udupi Railway Yatri Sangha, and Sunil John D’Souza, president of Divine Generation Ministries Bethel Church Trust, which runs Vishwasada Mane for the homeless at Shankarpura, received the ‘IFKCA Special Awards’.

Mr. Pinto was chosen for promoting legal awareness by writing books on legal issues. Mr. Dias had fought on behalf of the train commuters and getting various trains on the Konkan Railway to stop in Udupi. He also played a role in getting the Bangalore-Mangalore train extended to Karwar. Mr. D’Souza had brought many homeless persons wandering on the streets to Vishwasada Mane, where they were treated and later reunited with their families. J.S. Sadananda, Bishop of Karnataka Southern Diocese of Church of South India, called upon Christians to join mainstream of society. It was necessary serve society by overcoming the barriers of religion and caste, he said.

Louis Lobo, president of Udupi branch of IFKCA, welcomed the gathering.