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Laurels for Gen Y changemakers

City girls Sakhi Singhi and Shivantika Rungta have made it to the top 20 in a national challenge that gives schoolchildren an opportunity to make a difference.

The Class XII duo’s initiative of collecting excess food from restaurants and confectioners and taking it to underprivileged children has been selected among the country’s top 20 projects in Design for Change School Challenge 2013.

Metro had on July 29 carried a report on Modern High School girls Sakhi Singhi and Shivantika Rungta playing good Samaritan to children at an orphanage.

“Our senior English teacher told us about this challenge and asked us if we wanted to opt for it. We immediately agreed,” Sakhi said.

“We made a two-and-a-half-minute video. A month later our teacher in-charge got a mail that we were in the top 20. It is unbelievable! It is a huge honour,” added Shivantika.

The entries were screened by a 27-member jury. “This year we had about 705 projects contesting from all over India,” said Prutha Patel, the head of School Challenge.

“The jury appreciated the perseverance…. It was great to see the girls mentioning that 15 of the 30 restaurants they approached turned them down and five withdrew halfway, but they continued with their efforts,” Patel added.

The award brings with it a host of goodies— from a Disney play centre to a Rs 5,000 grant for the school and a certificate of appreciation for the girls.

“I got a FireFox cycle from my father after the newspaper coverage. Let’s see what’s in store this time,” Sakhi smiled.