Saina Nehwal, Olympic medalist and former World No.1 badminton player
appointed as Programme Ambassador
The 2018 ‘Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards’ (SOCA) programme organized by DHFL Pramerica Life Insurance (DPLI) in India now invites individual and group applications from students in Classes VI-XII, who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through consistent volunteer community service. The application forms for SOCA can be filled online or downloaded fromwww.spiritofcommunityindia.com. The last date for submission of completed and certified applications is December 31, 2017.
Announcing the launch of the 2018 ‘Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards’ programme, Mr. Anoop Pabby, Managing Director & CEO, DHFL Pramerica Life Insurance Ltd., said “We are delighted to have Saina Nehwal on board as the Programme Ambassador for the 2018 ‘Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards’. This programme recognizes students who have demonstrated commitment and spirit to make a difference and Saina strongly personifies these qualities. Her grit and determination to rise up to challenges and her passion to make India proud makes her an excellent role model for the younger generation.”
“Saina was the SOCA Programme Ambassador last year as well and we are confident that her involvement will once again inspire more students to become change agents for a better tomorrow“, Mr. Pabby added.
Saina’s appointment will be supplemented with a digital and radio campaign to encourage school children to start volunteering to make a positive change in their communities. In addition, she will also help drive participation from students who are already involved in community service.
Talking about her role as the 2018 SOCA Programme Ambassador, Ms. Saina Nehwal said, “It’s a great honour to be associated with the Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards once again. Last year, I had the privilege of meeting many young student volunteers from varied backgrounds who despite their busy school schedule, had dedicated their time and energy to make a difference in their communities. I strongly believe that community service should be an integral part of education and every child should make an effort to help the less fortunate and stand up for causes that impact society at large. I hope that through my association with SOCA, I can help play a role in making this possible.”
The top two individual category winners will receive medallions, cash prizes and a return trip to Washington, D.C. in May 2018. Members of the Best Group entry will receive medallions and a cash prize to be shared amongst them. Over the last seven years, more than 27,000 students across 1500+ schools have participated in SOCA by sending in their applications and above 600 students have been recognized for their community service efforts.
In 2017, Mihir Manoj Menda, a class XII student of Mallya Aditi International School, Bengaluru and Gursimran Singh, a class XI student of Amity International School, Sector 46, Gurugram were recognized as the winners in the Individual Category. Both students were presented with Gold
Medallions, Certificates of Excellence, a cash reward of Rs. 50,000 each, and a return trip to Washington, D.C. in May 2017.
About the Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards (SOCA)
Introduced in 2010 in India, ‘The Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards’ is an annual nationwide search to identify and recognize school students who have made a positive difference in their communities through voluntary community service.
The prestigious awards programme organized by DHFL Pramerica Life Insurance Co. Ltd. (DPLI) is the India chapter of the Spirit of Community Awards, the largest youth recognition programme in the United States based exclusively on volunteer service. Introduced in 1995 by Prudential Financial, Inc. (PFI), DPLI’s international Joint Venture partner, the U.S. programme has officially recognized more than 115,000 school students for their meaningful contribution towards their communities. India is the 7th country outside the United States to conduct the Awards programme. Other participating countries include PFI subsidiaries in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Ireland, Brazil and China.
The national recognition events for Spirit of Community Awards winners held in Washington, D.C. every year include gala award ceremonies at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, tours of the capital’s historic monuments and landmarks, a festive dinner cruise on the Potomac River, and plenty of opportunity for the students to share their experiences and ideas with one another. The winners also hear from notable public figures, which in the past have included Jimmy Carter, Barbara Bush, Whoopi Goldberg, Colin Powell, Sarah Ferguson (the Duchess of York), Laura Bush, Condoleeza Rice, Susan Sarandon, Kevin Spacey, Forest Whitaker, Robin Roberts and Hilary Swank.
About DHFL Pramerica Life Insurance (DPLI)
DPLI is a joint venture between DHFL Investments Limited (DIL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd. (DHFL), one of India’s largest housing finance companies (the second largest in the private sector) and Prudential International Insurance Holdings, Ltd. (PIIH), a fully owned subsidiary of Prudential Financial, Inc. (PFI), a financial services leader headquartered in the U.S. DPLI represents the coming together of two renowned financial services organizations with a legacy of business excellence spread over decades.
DPLI has a pan India presence through multiple distribution channels which have been customized to address the specific insurance needs of diverse customer segments. The Company is committed to providing protection and quality financial advice to its customers. For further information on the Company, please visit www.dhflpramerica.com.
DHFL was founded in 1984 by Late Shri Rajesh Kumar Wadhawan with a vision to provide financial access for Indians to own a home of their own. Today, led by Mr. Kapil Wadhawan, CMD, DHFL, the company is CARE Triple A rated and reckoned as one of India’s leading financial institutions with a large presence across the country, in addition to representative offices in Dubai and London.
Throughout its years of growth, DHFL has stayed true to its core vision of financial inclusion, especially to the low and middle income customers across India. The company’s wide network, coupled with insights into local customer needs, has enabled the company to provide meaningful financial access to customers even in India’s smallest towns. With a strong business foundation, an extensive distribution network, proven industry expertise and a deep understanding of the Indian customer, DHFL is a respected and trusted financial services company in India with a concerted focus towards enabling home ownership to the low and middle income customer. For further information, please visit www.dhfl.com.
PFI*, a financial services leader with $1.334 trillion of assets under management as of June 30, 2017, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Prudential’s diverse and talented employees are committed to helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth through a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. Prudential International Insurance Holdings & Prudential Financial Inc. of the United States are not affiliated with Prudential Plc, a Company incorporated in the United Kingdom. In the U.S., PFI’s iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise and innovation for more than a century. For more information, please visit www.news.pramericafinancial.com.
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