Global Young Achievers Awards Night (GYAAN) a signature event of GOPIO Sydney, a local chapter of GOPIO International was organised on February 11, 2017 at Castle Grand Function Centre, to recognize and honor students of Indian origin for their outstanding success in HSC exams who obtained more than 97 ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank)
Besides this academic category some other individuals of Indian descent, who have excelled in their areas of expertise and have made significant contribution and organizations that have significantly contributed in community services were also honored.
Apart from reward, recognition and a line-up of brilliant Bollywood performances, the event provided an ideal environment for personal, professional and business networking and was attended by over 300 people.
Each year GOPIO Sydney focuses on a different charity theme and this year it selected family violence as the theme and Indian Support Centre, a non-profit charity organization that supports the causes of the family violence amongst many other such activities was chosen to be helped and an amount of $1330.00 was raised for Indian Support Centre.
Subbarao Verigonda of ISC spoke at length on family violence which is our primary focus area this year and the services provided by them.
Balvinder Ruby, President GOPIO Sydney in his address emphasized the need to shift the focus from victim support only to identify the root causes, working on preventive measures, suggesting innovative approaches through community consultation and debate.
Eighteen students were awarded with the trophies and certificates in the academic category that included in the order of merit Rohan Krishnaswamy ATAR 99.95); Pritham Kadappu (ATAR 99.95) and first in Chemistry; Jash Vanjara (ATAR 99.85) and Public Speaking; Kabir Agrawal (ATAR 99.70); Sahil Arora (ATAR 99.55) and Public Speaking; Srichakra Motamarri (ATAR 99.55); Sagarika Dey (ATAR 99.45); Vanishka Virmani (ATAR 99.00); Seethal Bency (ATAR 98.40); Karthik Subbana (ATAR 98.40); Harjap Singh (ATAR 98.35); Sunaina Salgame (ATAR 97.20); Marinaak Sinha (First in Hindi); Devarshi Naik (First in Hindi); Rishab Malhotra (First in Hindi); Navreet Singh Virdi (Topped UNSW Civil and Environmental Engineering); Harnoor Jawandha (Topping the state in Punjabi); Nikhil Reddy (Sports-National Junior Chess Championship, he is 7 years old).
Two individuals and one charity organization was rewarded in the community services area. Prof Vijay Kumar (Nuclear Medicine) , Vinay Kolhatkar (English Literature) English Literature and FoxG1 Foundation Australia (Community Service-Health) were rewarded at the function.
The other dignitaries who attended the event included B Vanlalvawna, Consul General India, Ray Williams, Minister for Multiculturalism and Disability Services, Geoff Lee Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism, Mark Taylor – Member for Seven Hills, David Clarke MLC, Kevin Connolly Member for Riverstone and Peter Gangemi representing Mayor, Hills Shire Council.
Balvinder Ruby President, GOPIO Sydney congratulated the students for their outstanding performances in examinations and their parents for helping them through.
He thanked the sponsors for the generous support, media for spreading the message and performing artists to make the occasion colorful and entertaining.
He also thanked the GOPIO Sydney team members who worked hard to put together a brilliant show.
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