~ Thiru Ma Subramanian, Honourable Health Minister presented the awards to Real Life heroes & received the special award on behalf of the Health and Family Welfare Department, GoTN ~

Chennai, March 25th, 2022: The Fifth Edition of “ALERT Being” Awards, held today at Chennai to honour Good Samaritans who have contributed to society by saving lives, even during the pandemic COVID 19. ALERT, a voluntary non-profit organisation working to ensure ‘Right to Life’ a reality in India organised the award ceremony and presented awards to 15 real-life heroes who have helped save or preserve life from different walks of life across the following categories – individuals, organizations and people going beyond the call of duty. Thiru Ma Subramanian, Honourable Health Minister gave away the awards to real-life heroes selected by the distinguished members of the ABA jury. The Honourable Minister received the special award on behalf of the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Tamil Nadu conferred by ALERT, for stupendous work during the COVID 19 Pandemic in 2021.

The  ALERT Being Awards under the Individual category was presented to 7 real-life heroes who had all put their life at risk to save others. The Category of Going Beyond Call of Duty was presented to A super Cop from Chennai Ms Rajeshwari and Ms Vanaja from Manargudi. Under Organisation Category: Street Vision Social and Charitable Trust, Aishwaryam Trust and Soulfree received the awards. Under Special Category, Caritas India and Ford Business Solutions, India received the Award.  The ALERT Being Icon award for the organization was presented to the Infosys Foundation.

The distinguished members of the ABA Jury were Ms. Veena Kumaravel, Founder, Natural Group of Salons: Thiru. Md. Shakeel Akhtar IPS, Director General of Police (DGP) CB-CID; Nawabzada Mohammed Asif Ali, Heir Apparent & Dewan to the Prince of Arcot; Dr. J.S. Rajkumar, Chairman and Chief Surgeon, Lifeline Hospitals; and Mr. Sujith Kumar, Founder, Maatram Foundation. The event had advisors in Dr. Renuka David, Managing Director, Radiant Medical Services and Mr. C. K. Kumaravel, CEO and Co-Founder, Natural Group of Salons.

Mr. V.M.Muralidharan, Chairman, ALERT said, “We are grateful to our Hon’ble CM Thiru Mu Ka Stalin, for launching the noble and much needed ‘Nammai Kakkum 48’ scheme, to provide emergency ‘life saving’ support to helpless accident victims, free of cost and without any time delay. We at ALERT NGO extend our support to our government, in the implementation of the “Nammai Kaakkum 48” scheme, through effective collaboration, with our experience in ‘life saving’ mission, over the last 15 years. With the wide spread of ALERT trained volunteers across TamilNadu, we will play our responsible support to make our Chief Minister’s scheme effective, and reach every nook of corner of the state.”

Speaking about the awardees, Ms. Kala Balasundaram, Founder Trustee said, “We believe that the humanity, compassion, and goodness in the world prevails, and they need to be celebrated to create the much needed ripple of optimism and hope in the society. Today is a celebration of these inspiring ordinary human beings who put their heart, over and beyond themselves to become the extraordinary ALERT Beings.”

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Rajesh R Trivedi, Co-Founder & Managing Trustee, ALERT said, “We received 134 nominations, each of them incredible stories of grit, of which 112 were from TamilNadu and the remaining from rest of India. While there are limited awards, every selfless do-gooder is a real life hero. The next decade for ALERT will be rapid empowerment of common people in emergency care in collaboration with the Government, institutions, industries etc.,  so that more lives can be saved with a specific focus on rural and youth. The awardees inspire us to do more.

ALERT, a Chennai based NGO is a voluntary non-profit organisation working to ensure ‘Right to Life’ becomes a reality in India marching towards the Goal set by legendary former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam – “Train one in every family on Emergency Care”. On one hand, ALERT trains the common man on emergency response while on the other it collaborates with other stakeholders of the emergency response ecosystem such as ambulance services, hospitals, legal & enforcements, government bodies, research Institutes, etc. to better the emergency response ecosystem. Alert VoICE, launched by ALERT in the previous edition of ABA is India’s first community driven mobile based first responders network.  Know more 

List of Awardees – Alert Being Awards 2021:

S NONameCategory
1Muthu KrishnanIndividual
2Daniel JacobIndividual
3M SrikumarIndividual
4Zoraida SamuelIndividual
5Karthikeyan GanesanIndividual
6Radhika ShastryIndividual
7Rohit KumarIndividual
8E RajeshwariGoing Beyond Call of Duty
9M VanajaGoing Beyond Call of Duty
10Street Vision social and Charitable TrustOrganization
12Aishwaryam TrustOrganization
13Caritas IndiaSpecial
14Ford Business Solutions, IndiaSpecial
15Infosys FoundationIcon Award – Organisation
16Health and Family Welfare, Government of Tamil NaduIcon Award

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