RID 3131 recently came up with a unique idea to enhance Rotary’s visibility in the society by organising the Rotary-CSR Awards. The Times of India and Economic Times partnered with the district to bring out this novel concept. An exhaustive film showcasing Rotary’s various service projects was screened for the CSR heads, MDs and CEOs of corporate houses. It provided a platform for the corporates to know more about Rotary, particularly its Literacy and WinS programmes. “This event helped us open up discussions with corporate heads to invest their CSR funds in our humanitarian projects and the exposure is sure to build trust and confidence for them to partner with Rotary,” RC Pune Central President (2018–19) Ravi Kapoor.
Four categories of awards— manufacturing, IT, Non-IT and start-ups—were given. A six-member jury comprising Mahesh Zagade, former Principal Secretary, Govt of Maharashtra; Pradeep Bhargava, President, Maratha Chamber of Commerce; Dr Nitin Karmalkar, Vice Chancellor, Savitribai Phule University; Vinod Shah, Chairman Janseva Foundation, Arvind Sethi, Managing Partner, Ernst and Young (Pune) and Ritu Chhabria, Managing Trustee, Mukul Madhav Foundation; chose the winners in each category. A special recognition award was given to Adar Poonawalla for his Clean City Initiative.
TRF Trustee Gulam Vahanvaty, Sanjay Parmar, Manager (TRF) and Bhawna Verma, Manager (CSR) from RISAO were present at the event which was presided over by Member of Parliament Girish Bapat and Jayant Rastogi, Global CEO of the NGO Magic Bus.