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Saturday , November 12 , 2011
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3 cheers for Anglo-Indians

The Jamshedpur unit of the All-India Anglo-Indian Association (AIAIA) has clinched an awards hat-trick by earning the honour of most promising branch at the recently held annual general meeting (AGM) of its parent body in Pune.

The city branch also won two honour certificates at the AGM for its regular reporting in The Review, a quarterly publication of the national outfit that highlights activities of the Anglo-Indian community in the country.

“We are extremely proud to receive the Sheila Irani Trophy for being the most promising branch out of 55 units all over India,” said Everette Clayburn, vice president (media and membership). Clayburn, along with Jamshedpur branch chief Maryanne Ekka, attended the AGM in Pune from October 28-30 to receive the three awards.

The Jamshedpur branch earned kudos for promoting education among children and helping them get admission to schools. It also made constant efforts to reach out to children through English elocution and awards for ICSE and ISC toppers. The Stanley Rosemyer Award for Excellence was given to Anglo-Indian children who have excelled in their board exams.

“We have shown concern for senior citizens through monthly medical assistance and contribution towards medical expenses of needy members. Our initiative to create awareness on environmental issues through sapling drives has also been appreciated by the governing body,” Clayburn said, adding that this was the fourth year in a row that the Jamshedpur unit had been receiving awards.

Clayburn stressed that it was teamwork that had helped them grow and be recognised as a community in the steel city and said that new members were joining the association every month.

The branch has been invited to the National Convention of Anglo-Indians in New Delhi on November 27. “We are taking this opportunity to meet our representatives in Parliament and various state assemblies. We will figure out how the community can benefit more from government schemes,” Clayburn added.

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