TANKER Foundation held its 26th Annual Charity and Awards Nite on Friday, 25th January 2018 at 5.45 pm at Hotel Savera, RK Salai, Chennai.For the past Ten years we have used this special night as a platform to recognise and appreciate the efforts of professionals working tirelessly to improve the lives of people, especially the underprivileged with kidney disease. This year the function began with The Mrs. Malathi Venkatesan TANKER Foundation Memorial Lecture by Mr. Lourd Vijay an International Salsa dancer, a Guinness World Record holder, Cultural Ambassador to South Africa, who has created a Latin dance revolution by bringing Salsa to India and now working on creating a new revolution of saving lives through the ‘Spreading Hope’ Foundation.
He talked on “Spreading Hope- before & after transplant” at 6 pm.He spoke of his experiences as a busy successful dancer who suddenly was confronted with kidney failure and high Blood Pressure and was put on dialysis immediately. His message to people was to slow down in life, understand your body, eat and drink right and do not give up thinking that kidney failure is the end of life. He is back to dancing and teaching and spreads the message of organ donation through his Spreading Hope Foundation. This was followed at 7.00 pm by the presentation of the following Awards. The K. V. George Kottukulam Memorial TANKER & Kerala Kidney Research Foundation Young Investigator Award for outstanding research done in the field of Nephrology in India was awarded to Dr. D. V. S. Sudhakar for his research into “Genetic studies on Uddanam Nephropathy:
A chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology”. The award carried a cash prize of Rs. 2,00,000/-, a citation and a gold medallion.The Renny Abraham TANKER Foundation Love for Service Award for a medical doctor who has gone beyond the call of duty in serving the underprivileged was awarded to Dr. T. S. Chandrasekar, MedIndia Hospitals and Medindia Charitable Trust. The award carried a cash prize of Rs. 1,00,000/-, a citation and a gold medallion. The La Renon TANKER Foundation For the Sake of Honour Award given to an individual who has done exemplary work in his or her field was awarded to Mr. Lourd Vijay an International Salsa dancer, a Guinness World Record holder, Cultural Ambassador to South Africa, who has created a Latin dance revolution by bringing Salsa to India and now working on creating a new revolution of saving lives through the ‘Spreading Hope’ Foundation.
The award carried a cash prize of Rs. 1,00,000/-, a citation and a gold medallion. The La Renon TANKER Foundation Lifetime Achievement Awards given to an individual who has done exemplary work in the field of Nephrology was awarded to Dr. Kumud P Mehta (Mumbai) and Dr. Ghulam Hassan Malik (Srinagar). The award carried a cash prize of Rs. 1,00,000/-, a citation and a gold medallion each. The K. Venkatanarayana TANKER Foundation Awareness Award given to an individual for creating awareness of any disease, mental, physical and social was awarded to Dr. A. V. Srinivasan who has been creating awareness of Parkinson’s disease, Dementia, Stroke, Epilepsy, Depression and other neurological disorders through his books, talks and free clinics. The award carried a cash prize of Rs. 1,00,000/-, a citation and a gold medallion. The Ashok Sankaralingam TANKER Foundation Patient Endowment – One year dialysis support was given for 3 underprivileged deserving patients with kidney failure Rs. 1,00,000/-.Five of TANKER’s valued staff who have been with TANKER for over 10 years were recognized for their dedication and service. Dr. Georgi Abraham, Founder Trustee of TANKER Foundation welcomed the gathering and spoke of the importance of creating awareness of the disease and reaching out to the marginalized with free dialysis treatment so that they may live in dignity and lead fruitful lives. Mrs.Latha Kumaraswami, Managing Trustee, Tanker Foundation gave an update on TANKER activities. She said TANKER has provided 271,237 free and subsidized dialysis for 1362 patients and also given financial support of Rs. 191 Lakhs to 3047 patients and reached out to 1.67 lakh people with the 1080 Awareness Programmes, screened 29,788 individuals for early detection of kidney disease through their 338 screening camps. She also thanked the CMCHIS, Greater Chennai Corporation, various Rotary Clubs, Round Table organizations, Corporates, Trusts and individual donors who have helped TANKER in their mission to help the underprivileged with kidney ailments. The Chief Guest Mr. G. R. Ananthapadmanabhan, Managing Director, GRT Group spoke about his appreciation of TANKER’s activities and said that the GRT Group would continue to give their support. He also presented the awards.This was followed by games, prizes, and dinner. We thank all our well-wishers, sponsors and donors especially Mrs. Nina Reddy for sponsoring the dinner at Savera Hotel.