“I accept the award with thanks."
Oscar Award-winning music director and composer AR Rahman has been presented with the Alert Being Icon Award.
Rahman, whose real name is Allahrakha, was among 14 people to receive the award for their Good Samaritan work.
The presentation took place as part of the Alert Being Awards 2020.
ALERT presents awards every year to honour real-life heroes who go beyond the call of duty to help save lives.
The awards ceremony took place in Chennai on Friday, January 29, 2021.
As well as Rahman, social activist Hari Krishnan was among those to receive the award.
AR Rahman announced his win on Twitter on Friday, January 29, 2021.
Thank you @alertngo for the Alert Being Icon Award!
Best wishes to empower more people to #savelives during #Emergency. https://t.co/rah8bMxn3k#ABA2020 @rrajeshtrivedi @mike_vmm pic.twitter.com/tJqmVlH1R1
— A.R.Rahman (@arrahman) January 29, 2021
He tweeted: “Thank you @alertngo for the Alert Being Icon Award! Best wishes to empower more people to #savelives during #Emergency.”
In his video message upon receiving his award, Rahman said:
“I accept the award with thanks. The world needs a lot of healing.”
AR Rahman also said that ALERT has been doing a brilliant job in empowering a common man to save lives.
He added: “I look forward to being a part of ALERT’s noble mission to save lives.”
According to Rajesh R Trivedi, a managing trustee of ALERT, 156 nominations from 15 states and 35 districts across India were received.
Also speaking at the ceremony was Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan.
He said the health department could achieve so many things because of NGOs and other organisations.
Manesh Kumar Agarwal, Commissioner of Police, Greater Chennai also spoke at the ceremony.
Who are ALERT?
ALERT is a voluntary Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) that trains people in emergency response care.
According to ALERT’s website, the NGO aims to empower a common man in case of an emergency to ensure ‘Right to Life’ a reality in India.
Their goal is to train one in every family in emergency care.
The organisation also collaborates with other stakeholders to improve the emergency response eco-system.
According to the NGO’s website, over 138,000 people have received emergency response training.
This year, a special category was introduced to the Alert Being Awards to honour people doing their part in the fight against Covid-19.
The Alert Being Covid Warriors Award appreciates people who have put in their best efforts during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The award went to a total of 30 Covid-19 frontline workers.
Radhakrishnan said that cooperation of the public played a large part in helping to bring down the number of Covid-19 cases in the state.