By Mariela Govea* : For the first time Rolex celebrated the Rolex winning award ceremony in India as a tribute to India entrepreneurship spirit.
During a conference in New Delhi, Rolex has announced the five young winners of Rolex Awards to Iniciatives. During this new awards edition, Rolex has focused in supporting leadership and excellence in young people.
This edition the winners ´ projects are located in India, Mexico, Afghanistan and Paraguay. A positive change for the communities and the world, as well, is the key to these new projects.
Each winner received 50.000 swiss francs, a Rolex cronometer and global advertisement for their projects.
Karina Atkinson, 27, from Scotland- is going to develop a scientific research center and a biological reserve in Paraguay, using communitarian participation programs to educate local marginals town on the important of preservation.
Selene Biffi, 30, Italy – plans to create a school for teaching story telling in Afghanistan to preserve the oral tradition, and in this way, help the young people be able to develop the Tools to help ONGs to transmit vital information relative to Health and Development.
Sumit Dagar, 29, from India – designed a plan, so that million blind people in India will be able to participate actively in the society they live in, and also, in the digital revolution, through a braille smartphone that was specially developed for local conditions.
Arun Krishnamurthy, 25, from India , decided to motivate pupils and community volunteers of Chennai to rescue highly contaminated urban lakes of Chennai. Afterwards the plan is to continue rescuing another masses of water of the same zone.
Maritza Morales Casanova, 28, from México – will build an ecological park in Yucatán, a place where the children can have fun learning about the preservation, and at the same time, they can participate educating on sustentability groups of children.
“ These young pioneers have an incredible social conscience, besides their dedication to helping others and their determination to turn into reality their entrepreneur ideas. We are convinced Rolex Awards will help these young leaders to develop their full potential, and at the same time impulse the development of their projects”, declared Rebecca Irvin, Philantropy Director of Rolex.
Young Category Rolex Winning Awards was introduced in 2009. For this 2012 edition Rolex received 3.512 candidatures from 154 countries.
This five young winners were introduced with the five winners that were already announced some months ago: Sergei Bereznuk ( Russia), Barbara Block
(United States ), Erika Cuéllar (Bolivia), Mark Kendall (Australia) and Aggrey Otieno (Kenia), who received the Rolex Awards for projects in different areas of investigation: sea research, technological revolutionary vaccines and protection for animals in extinction of danger as the tigers.
Since 1976, the Rolex Awards for Enterprise have supported individuals whose courage and creativity advance human knowledge and well-being.
*Mariela Govea is President at Circulo Latinoamericano de Sexualidad Femenina. She is Sexologist, Psychologist and Psychoanalist. Writer and Columnist. She is budhist, hinduist, vegetarian and Tantra Master