As part of the sesquicentennial birth anniversary celebrations of Swami Vivekananda, 100 youngsters from across the State were presented Swami Vivekananda awards on Sunday.
The award function was organised by Ennangalin Sangamam, an organisation working towards the development of youth, at DG Vaishnav College.
Speaking to City Express, J Prabhakar, founder of the organisation said, “Mahatma Gandhi brought the people together through his Satyagraha movement. Today, we need peace and love to integrate youth from all walks of life. Hence, we organised this programme where youngsters who are engaged in different forms of social service activities can have a platform to know about other like-minded people. It will bring mutual benefit to individuals and to society as well”.
Started in 2005, Ennangalin Sangamam, has been organising the programme every year.
“But, this is the first time, we are presenting the Swami Vivekananda Award to the 100 youngsters, who have excelled in social and community service,” he said.
Prabhakar added, “First a good thing rises in our thought and that thought is translated into action. These youngsters have carried out the first two things — thought and action. But now they must form a team and spread their actions across the State. This year, we have taken two targets. First we should create, maintain and save our water resources and the second we must use the solar energy as far as possible.”
“Our aim is to bring together 10,000 youngsters who are interested to take up social and community service under one umbrella by the year end,” he added.