StepsStone presents ‘Heros of Chennai 2018’ Chennai’s most clean & credible award platform

StepsStone presents ‘Heros of Chennai 2018’ Chennai’s most clean & credible award platform on 25th November 2018

StepsStone presents ‘Heros of Chennai 2018’ Chennai’s most clean & credible award platform on 25th November 2018 at Feathers Hotel from 6.00 pm onwards in the presence of RJ Balaji – Actor / Social Activist, Vikram Cotah – COO, GRT Hotels & Resorts, Chef Damu – Guiness World Record holding Chef and Latha Pandiarajan – Co- Founder – Ma Foi Group.
Heroes of Chennai is an initiative by DreamCraft Events to celebrate this wonderful city by honoring and recognizing people and organizations that have inspired and created a powerful impact in their field of work and have defined what is the Spirit of Chennai.
Some of the categories awarded were Hero of Chennai, Sports award and Para sports awards, Social Service Icon award, Public Service award, Film with a Social Impact, Corporate Social Responsibility Award and many more.
The audiences were also entertained by performances from Ganesh Vandana and Poizen Dance Toupe and Sarath & Team.

The award function also saw the launch of Change 123. This is joint initiative by Heros of Chennai awards, Maatram Foundation and DreamCraft events. This will be the social initiative for the year by the Heroes of Chennai Awards platform.
This is a unique initiative by Maatram Foundation through which free higher education is given to deserving students from economically deprived background. Various educational institutions partnered with the Foundation give free admissions which included not just the tuition fees but also the transportation charges, hostel fees (wherever applicable), food expenses, books & stationery expenses. Students who had scored more than 80% but cannot afford to buy even an engineering application form are identified and given quality education. The entire activity is done by a robust process of collecting data, verifying the same through volunteers, having a face to face interview and finally short listing candidates for various educational institutions.
The highlight of this project is that the identity of the beneficiaries is kept confidential. The purpose of this initiative to encourage deserving candidates to study further and utilize their potentials to the best of their ability and the burden of being identified as a beneficiary where their economic status is projected each time can be humiliating for the students.
Apart from admitting the students into various Engineering colleges, the students are also trained on various soft skills and employability skills making them industry ready.
Till date, 677 students have benefitted from Maartam Foundation’s work.
To spread awareness and involve the citizens of Chennai to identify deserving candidates, a video campaign will be launched in the coming months with the winners of Heroes of Chennai Awards 2018 to create vitality via social media and Facebook.

Heros of Chennai 2018 – Award Categories & Winners

S.NO CATEGORY WINNER
1 Arts & Cultuure L S Ramesh
2 Business I Support Farming
3 Corporate Social Responsibility Chennai Petrolium Corporation Limited
4 Entertainment S Seetha Lakshmi
5 Education Loyola College
6 Food & Beverage Madras Coffee House
7 Film with social impact Aramm
8 Public Services 108 Free Ambulance Service
9 Emerging Social Service Kirthi Jayakumar of The Red Elephant Foundation
10 Social Service Icon C. Govindakrishnan
11 Para Sports Justin Vijay Jesudas
12 Sports Sharath Kamal Achanta
13 Hero of Chennai 2018 N. Khaalid Ahamed

Heroes of Chennai 2018 Winners

  • Art & Culture Category – Dr.L.S Ramesh
    • Inventor of Music Chakra
    • On a mission to spread “Music Literacy – What to play, how to play and why to play”
    • His invention – Music Chakra Sri Saraswathi 72 Melakarta Chakra seeing this anyone can learn to play all Carnatic ragas and western scales on the key board by themselves
    • India book of records has recognized his Music Chakra
    • The Music Chakra is being used to train children with special needs such as Autism and Downs syndrome
  • Business Category – I Support Farming
    • Founder – Vijaykumar
    • Platform for urban people to partner with farmers
    • Started in 2016
    • Team of 200+ farmers, spread across 5 districts of Tamil Nadu who are cultivating crops in more that 700 acres of land and 180+ customers from cities who have taken up farming
  • Corporate Social Responsibility –Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited
    • A CSR team of 7 members have impacted 20lakh+ people
    • Started the initiative since 1988
    • Provide Primary HealthCare for 4 villages
    • Free healthcare to 10,000 people annually
    • Contribute to artificial Limb Manufacturing for disabled to the extent of Rs.150lakhs
    • Canteen and utility development for Multiple Disability under NIETMED
    • Computer education for the Blind
    • Swatch Bharath Initiative for Community Toilets
    • Adopted 3 villages in the tie up with IIT Madras to rejuvenate the ponds and make the water consumable which will impact 500 families
  • Entertainment – S Seetha Lakshmi
    • Has been a puppeteer since 1963
    • Currently heads “The Indian Puppeteers” – A registered professional puppet group, engaged in production of programs and providing training in Puppet Manufacture and Malfunction of Puppets
    • She has taken her work to multiple countries like France, UK, USA, Germany, Japan, Austria, Italy and many more
    • At the age of 72, she is still young at heart and full of life
  • Education – Loyola College
    • Started in 1925
    • Offering 21 P.G. Courses, 20 U.G Courses, 11 special institutes offering various programs
    • 11 departments offering M.Phil programs and 14 departments offering Ph.D programs
    • Principal – Rev. Dr. F. Andrews S. J
    • Best in class infrastructure, best in class facilities, best in class research programs… Truly Loyola College is the pride of Chennai
  • F&B –Madras Coffee House
    • Year of Inception: 2010
    • Founder Name: Kumarveelan
    • Number of Branches: 72
    • Known for their Coffee
    • Served 15,000 customers per day across all their branches
    • Innovation is all focused around consistency and speed. They maintain same quality and appearance in all their Outlets.
  • Film with a Social Impact – Aramm
    • Directed by GopiNainar
    • The film ran for 50+ days across Tamil Nadu. The film was released in Telugu on popular demand. Nayanthara won almost all major awards of 2017 for Best Actress for Aramm
    • The STORY and the SOCIAL THEME that it dealt with had very big socio-political message which was conveyed in a very gripping screenplay by the director. It is a movie of HOPE. It gives you hope that despite all the things that could go wrong, there are things that could go right too.
  • Public Services –108 Free Ambulance Service
    • Department Name: Tamil Nadu Health Systems Project under Health and Family Welfare department, Government of Tamil Nadu
    • Operated by GVK EMRI under Public Private Partnership framework.
    • 24 hour, free, 108 Emergency Response Service is being operated across the State of Tamil Nadu with 936 ambulances and over 5,200 trained and dedicated team members
    • In a decade of service in Tamil Nadu, 108 ambulances have become synonymous with Emergency and Disaster Management. Entire cross section of Tamil Nadu has become familiar with this service. Such is its penetrative, deep and wide.
    • Every month over 1 lakh beneficiaries, of which 26% are pregnant mothers.
    • Above all, this service has become a household name today. To keep it simple, ambulance means 108 today.
  • Social Service Emerging Category – Kirthi Jayakumar of The Red Elephant Foundation
    • Started inn 2013
    • Kirthi is just 30 years old
    • Works on initiatives for: Gender Equality and Civilian Peace building through storytelling, advocacy and digital interventions.
    • Kirthi is an author, and released her debut novel in 2017, titled The Doodler of Dimashq.
    • Kirthi coded an app for survivors of gender-based violence called Saahas, which works as a web and mobile app. She taught herself to code and created a web app, a mobile app and a Facebook ChatBot to support survivors of gender-based violence across 196 countries, and to assist bystander intervention.
    • Kirthi has spoken at TEDx Chennai, addressing Peace Education as a means to end Bullying.
    • Conducted peace education and gender sensitization workshops for over 2000 children and youth, coded an app and scaled availability in 6 languages.
  • Social Service Icon Category –C. Govindakrishnan from Nethrodaya
    • Started on October 2, 2002
    • Works For the upliftment and for the welfare of the visually impaired in particular in differently abled and General category
    • While special schools for visually impaired candidates were exempted from payment, the visually impaired private candidates who are appearing for their board exams fees were not exempted. In this regard, Nethrodaya’s representation to the School Education Dept. was examined and subsequently a Government Order (GO) was passed exempting private visually impaired candidates from paying exam fees for their board exams. This initiative benefited hundreds of visually impaired students across Tamil Nadu.
    • Introduction of online facility for visually impaired students to apply for their board exams The Directorate of examination introduced an online facility to the sighted students to apply for their board exams. This facility was not extended to the visually impaired students.
    • Creating Computer lab and Digital Audio library for visually impaired impacting 5,000 students in last 5 years
    • Winning the Legal battle in appointment of scribes for the visually impaired in High court of Madras
    • Providing Individual Cattle Raring Unit for the self-employment of the visually Impaired families at Rural Level
    • Nethrodaya College of Special Education: In a first of its kind initiative, The Nethrodaya College of special education was set up in August 2015 to provide free quality teacher’s education to the visually challenged/physically handicapped students, through a course in B.Ed., in Special Education. To facilitate better learning process and environments, free boarding facilities are also provided to students. The college aims to create a population of teachers and educators among the differently-abled graduates. The course has seen a population of differently abled people from the underprivileged sector. Their college is affiliated to Tamil Nadu Teacher’s Education University and approved by Rehabilitation council of India.
    • have provided Seed Capital to aid the Visually impaired women entrepreneur numbering 100 to the tune of 5 lakhs
    • Free Medical Helpline 24x7x365 supported more than 3,000 visually impaired people get timely medical assistance
  • Para Sports Category – Justin Vijay Jesudas (Para Swimmer and Para Shooting)
    • Started at the age of 34 in 2014
    • Represented India at the swimming World Championships, Glasgow, Scotland
    • Represented India at the Asian Games, Jakarta, Indonesia
    • Ranked among the top 15 swimmers in the world and top 5 in Asia
    • Current national swimming and rifle shooting champion
    • Selected by the US government and one among 17 across the world for an international exchange program to develop disability sports
    • Won over 22 gold medals across international, national and state championships
    • Justin met with a car accident in 2009 when he was 29, and is paralyzed neck downwards. Uses a wheelchair for mobility. Only his shoulders are fully functional. Elbows function partially.Fingers, trunk, waist, legs are all paralyzed.Despite a neck below paralysis, he lives an independent life, drives a car, does SCUBA diving,beach surfing and represents India at international competitions.
    • Justin is an example of resilience and an inspiration for both people with disabilities and socalled able bodied persons in the society. He is a living example of how to push the human mindand its abilities. One of videos about him has gone viral with more than 2.5 million views. Heworks towards creating an inclusive society for everyone.
  • Sports Category – Sharath Kamal Achanta (Table Tennis)
    • Age: 36 years
    • 60 international medals in the span of 16 years, of which, 9 are Commonwealth Games medalsand 2 Asian Games medals
    • Conferred the Arjuna Award by the President of India in 2005
    • First ever Indian to have bagged gold medals at the Commonwealth Games
    • Holds the record of being the only Indian to have won 2 gold medals at the CommonwealthChampionships in 2004 and defend the same titles at the Commonwealth Games in 2006.
    • Asian Games: 2018- Jakarta Bronze-Team Championships Bronze- Mixed Doubles
    • Commonwealth Games:2006 – Melbourne Gold – Team Championships Gold – Men’s Singles 2010 – New Delhi Gold –Men’s Doubles Bronze – Team Championships Bronze – Men’s Single
    • Other International Accolades: 2004, 2008, 2016 Represented India in 3 Olympic Games: Athens,Beijing, Rio de Janeiro Highest National Achievement
    • Eight-time national champion with the record of winning 5 consecutive National Titles 2003 FirstIndian to win an Under 21 World Ranking Tournament in Qatar
    • The sacrifices made in his long journey remain unspoken, but his accolades truly boast of hiscommitment to the game and the country. Sharath Kamal Achanta’s name will always bereferred to each time Indian Table Tennis is talked about. It is indeed a proud moment for Indiato have nurtured such a talent from the age of 4, who not only exhibits a passion for the sport,but has also secured laurels for our country in doing so. Therefore, it is only befitting that thecountry recognizes this paddle-wielding pioneer
  • Hero of Chennai 2018 – N. KhaalidAhamed from Uravugal Trust
    • Age: 23
    • Started the Uravugal Trust in July 2017
    • Work on: Burial of Unclaimed Dead Bodies
    • From the beginning till now they have buried more than 100+ unknown dead bodies
    • Taken Women into burial ground
    • Rescued 30+ old Abandon people and admitted them in old age home
    • Provided free Ambulance service to take the corpse out of station
    • Provided economical support for burying the corpse.
    • Right from the beginning of their trust till now they have faced many challenges like Sponsorship problem, Fund raising for Ambulancebecause most of the volunteers in our trust are College students. And the hardest thing they ever faced is,when we were just starting out with getting women into the Burial ground.
    • KhaledAhamed’sUravugal Trust deserves to win the Hero of Chennai 2018 Award because they help people even after their death and help economically backwards people to take their relative’s dead body back to their native by providing free Ambulance service or Ambulanceservice for Less cost.
    • They are not a second version of ordinary Trust, but the first version of Unique Identity!
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