It was a day of joy and celebration for the under privileged children at the Disha Young Achievers Awards event, organized by the 'Ma Foi Foundation'. The Ma Foi Foundation, as an initiative of encouraging the under privileged children who achieve in terms of academics and others categories such as sports, arts etc, gave away the Disha Young Achiever Awards to 20 students; 10 for academic excellence and 10 for fine arts.
The chief guest, Mr. Raju Venkatraman, Director and CEO of MEDall Medical Services distributed the awards to the winners in the fine arts category whereas acclaimed film category Mr. Karthi was the special guest who distributed the awards for academic excellence. The award fuction was followed by dance and music performances given by the Disha scholars and students of the Sornammal Matriculation School.
Speaking on the occasion, Mrs. Latha Rajan, Managing Trustee, The Ma Foi Foundation said, “There are plenty of talented people in the state with great ideas and we are extremely happy to honour these unknown gems, irrespective of their social and economic backgrounds. The Ma Foi Foundation is extremely proud to have taken this initiative and I hope that these achievers will serve as an inspiration to all other children and youth countrywide”. The foundation received around 300 applications of which 50 were short listed for final round. The winners were selected on the basis of their performances, economic background and their drive to achieve. These 20 children were given a trophy, cash prize of Rs.10, 000 and a citation each.
Selvan Lokesh was one among the 10 who got the award for the category of fine arts. He moved many hearts into tears, when everyone saw the short film shown on him. Though he is from a poor family, he had exemplary talent in painting. He studied in St. Louis Higher Secondary School for the Deaf and Dumb. When a physically challenged can become an achiever, overcoming the difficulties in life, why can’t the others too?