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Terrific ten: Winners of Disha Young Achievers Award 2008 with film-maker Venkat Prabhu and CMD of Celebrity Fashions V.Rajagopal at a function organised by Ma Foi Foundation in Chennai on Sunday.
Terrific ten: Winners of Disha Young Achievers Award 2008 with film-maker Venkat Prabhu and CMD of Celebrity Fashions V.Rajagopal at a function organised by Ma Foi Foundation in Chennai on Sunday.

Staff Reporter

Disha Young Achievers Award presented by Ma Foi Foundation

CHENNAI: V. Rajagopal started out as an IPS officer in Delhi. After 10 years of service, he came to Chennai and started a garment export business. Celebrity Fashions, which started with 25 employees, now employs 10,000 people. “At every stage you will experience success and disappointment,” he said, “You need to overcome failures and go forward.”

He was the Chief Guest at the Disha Young Achievers Award ceremony organised by Ma Foi Foundation. The Foundation is the corporate social responsibility arm of Ma Foi, a HR consulting firm. Disha is the educational initiative of the Foundation.

Mr. Rajagopal advised children to take care of their fitness during their journey towards success. In addition, he said that a lifelong reading habit would hold them in good stead.

Even though there could be moments of self-doubt, cynicism, frustration and a fear that the competition is getting ahead, a high level of commitment and passion will help overcome these hurdles, he said.

The Disha Young Achievers awards were given to 10 children in various categories, which included excellence in academics, sports, arts and social service.

These children had overcome difficult circumstances to achieve great heights. Each child received a cash prize of Rs.10,000, a trophy and a citation. Latha Rajan, Chairperson and Trustee of the Ma Foi Foundation, said that a holistic approach to the welfare of children was the key. She said that the Foundation stressed on education, healthcare and livelihood to ensure that the child had all-round development.

Outlining various initiatives of the Foundation she spoke about a programme in which a paediatrician would visit various orphanages once a week. An insurance scheme, in which the medical insurance of children and their parents would be covered, was also launched.

Venkat Prabhu, film-maker, who had wowed crowds with his recent movie Saroja, said that his next movie would be Goa, with the same group involved in his earlier films. Humming the song ‘Jalsa’ from Chennai 600028 along with actor Premji Amaran, he summed up his message, “Unga mela nambikkai veyyungada (Keep faith in yourselves).”

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