RF Drishti Art & Essay Competition Award Ceremony
Smt. Nita Ambani, Founder and Chairperson of Reliance Foundation, felicitated the winners of the Drishti Art & Essay Competition, which also included six visually impaired participants, at an event organized on Feb 16 in Dhirubhai International School, Mumbai. This year, for the first time, the competition was made open to visually impaired people, for which the announcement was made through the fortnightly Drishti Magazine in Braille script. Entries were invited from the visually impaired across India. The entrants were split into two categories- one was for young children who had to write on '¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿ ¿¿ ¿¿¿¿', and the other involved the seniors who wrote on, '¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿ ¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿ ¿¿'.
The essays written in Braille were then translated into Hindi and reviewed by Swagata Thorat, Editor of the Drishti Magazine. The six winners aged from 12 to 64 and hailing from Delhi, Maharashtra and Gujarat, were picked from 47 entries.
Spearheading the philanthropic drive of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) since 2010, Reliance Foundation (RF) has supported various initiatives for the visually impaired. In addition to that, the Foundation has sponsored almost 15,000 corneal transplants of the needy.
Speaking on the occasion, Smt. Nita Ambani said, “Together, we have helped these people move from darkness to light, and lead a better life with new hopes and aspirations…four years ago, we started India's first Braille fortnightly in Hindi. Today, our Braille newspaper goes out to 16 countries. Through this, we are committed to empowering the visually impaired with information and knowledge.”