Rotary Bangalore Palmville, Gleneagles Global Hospitals and BPAC launch the 2nd edition

12 November 2017, Bengaluru: The Rotary Bangalore Palmville Charitable Trust, in association with BPAC and Gleneagles Global Hospitals as Title Sponsor, has launched the 2ndedition of MyPlaceofPride, an annual program to encourage individuals to instil the best practices in community eco-friendliness, here at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan on Race Course Road.

The launchwas attended by Dr Asha Prasanna, District Governor for Rotary District3190. This event was held in the backdrop of Prime Minister Modi’s SwachhBharat initiative. Last year’s edition witnessed participation from 102communities in Bengaluru, with an estimated 33,000 residential unitsparticipating in the program. The participating communities were divided intofour categories, namely Villas, Small apartment complexes, Medium apartmentcomplexes, and Large apartment complexes. The participants were judged on thebasis of four excellence areas: waste management, water management, powermanagement, and cleanliness. A total of 21 prizes were awarded to theparticipants across these four categories, and one special mention for wastemanagement.

Theregistrations for this year’s edition are open till January 2018. Theorganisers have also added a new category: “Locality”, bringing the total tofive types of communities. After the registrations are closed, the organiserswill proceed with judgement of these communities through self-declaration,opinion polls, physical inspection, and final evaluation. The final awardsceremony is set to take place in April 2018. The program will comprise ofworkshops, panel discussions and inspections done by teams consisting ofexperts from eminent organizations like SWMRT, SAAHAS, BIOME, ECO-PARADIGM andBEYOND CARLTON.

Speaking atthe event Mr Arun Agrawal, Director, Rotary Bangalore Palmville, said“We started the My Place of Pride program to re-ignite a sense of Pride amongstthe citizens of Bengaluru. At the core, this is a hearts-and-minds campaign,with the objective of raising awareness of best practices in waste, water andenergy management and cleanliness & hygiene. It’s a journey from hardcompliance to soft motivation which comes from inside the individual. Thecompetition aspect is to spur interest in striving harder and learning fromwinners. The enthusiasm of the participants is remarkable in trying to showcasehow they are a community in which the residents take real pride in belongingthere.”

The city ofBengaluru has witnessed a rise in activism from its citizens in the past decadein all disciplines, with the aim of making this city a better place to live in.This program is a great initiative for providing the communities of Bengaluru aplatform to showcase their initiatives, create awareness and further encourageothers to incorporate the best practices in waste management, waterconservation, power management, and eco-friendliness. It aims to reach andencourage all individuals of Bengaluru, from school children to CEOs, to adoptthese practices and make the whole city of Bengaluru green again. 

Mr ThomasMathew, COO, Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Bengaluru said “We believe that hygiene andhealth go hand in hand. The citizens of Bengaluru are very active in bringingabout change in our society. There are numerous organizations in the city,created by such strong-willed and determined citizens, which have made thiscity a better place to live in. At Gleneagles Global Hospitals, we aredetermined to serve the communities we operate in. Environmental conservationand eco-friendly practices need to be instilled more prominently within thecommunity and in its core civic sense in order to improve the quality of livingin our city. We are very excited to partner with Rotary for this year’s editionof this program, and are happy to see such an enthusiastic response from thecommunities of Bengaluru.” 

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