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Harmony for Silvers Foundation, a NGO working to enhance the quality of life of elderly in India, has announced the winners of the Harmony Silver Awards 2009. The Awards, to be held on 1st October (World Elders Day), will honour 10 dedicated elderly men and women by bringing their work to centrestage and showing the world what silvers can do.
A seven-member Jury comprising Indian constitutional jurist and senior advocate to the Supreme Court of India, Fali Nariman; veteran actors Sharmila Tagore and Anupam Kher, cardiac surgeon and philanthropist Dr Devi Shetty; chairman and managing director of Central Bank and National Housing Bank, S Sridhar; artist Manu Parekh; and renowned journalist Vir Sanghvi have chosen Harmony’s 10 Silver Achievers for the Year 2009.
Harmony for Silvers Foundation, founded by Mrs Tina Anil Ambani, embodies the spirit of active ageing and helps create an enabling social and policy environment for Silvers. As part of its mission to enhance the level of discussion on ageing-related issues, encourage interaction among people and experts, and present different thought-platforms, the Foundation hosted its inaugural Harmony Silver Awards in October 2007. These Awards are given every October to salute Harmony’s heroes: silvers with extraordinary commitment and irresistible momentum who have set benchmarks for themselves and society. Winners are felicitated with a citation and cash reward. The 10 heroes for Year 2009 are all committed to their chosen cause and determined to surmount every obstacle.
“In a world that seems to increasingly worship at the altar of the ego, putting society before self may be considered something of an anachronism. But for our silver heroes, the recipients of our annual Harmony Silver Awards, it’s a way of life,” said Mrs Tina Anil Ambani, Chairperson, Harmony for Silvers Foundation. “While some of our winners have achieved public recognition for their efforts, these are not household names in our country. But we believe they should be. That’s the driving force behind Harmony Silver Awards: turning the spotlight on real people with real achievements that have a real impact on millions of lives.”
Congratulating Mrs Tina Ambani and Harmony on this initiative, Nitin S Kasliwal, vice-chairman and MD of S Kumars Nationwide Ltd, presenting sponsor for the Awards, says, “At SKNL, we respect organisations that support different causes. Harmony has succeeded in focusing public attention on our senior citizens. It’s a commendable job and we are proud to present the Silver Awards in association with Harmony.”
The selection process for the Harmony Silvers Awards 2009 entailed seeking nominations from the readers of Harmony magazine, social scientists, gerontologists and representatives of NGOs. From an impressive list of over 100 silvers, Harmony for Silvers Foundation shortlisted 50 people. The Jury selected 10 Silver Achievers from a list of 25. This year’s winners have been chosen after a month-long process of deliberations. The recipients will be felicitated with a cash reward and citation, followed by an entertainment programme that showcases the potential of silvers. Hema Malini, the guest of honour at the event, will give away the awards.
Prominent senior citizens, social activists, media and marketing professionals, people from the entertainment industry and leading minds from across India will attend this select gathering. Besides distribution of awards, the event will include an entertainment programme that showcases Harmony’s motto: Celebrate Age.