Pune: Social worker Sumedha Chithade felicitated with ‘Sahas’ Award

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Pune, 4th August 2022: Sumedha Chithade, the founder member of ‘SIRF’ organization which works for the welfare of soldiers has been honoured with ‘Sahas’ award by Hindu Mahila Sabha.
 The award was presented at the hands of National Kirtan artist Charudatta Aphale in a programme organised by the Sabha on Wednesday, August 3,2022 at Pt. Jawaharlal Neharu Sanskrutik bhavan, Ghole road. President of Supriya Damle, President of the Hindu Mahila Sabha was present on this occasion.
Chithade who initiated the project ‘construction of Oxygen generation plant’ at Siachen, the highest battlefield in the world and at Kupwara in Kashmir has also done lots of work for the welfare of soldiers, veterans, and veer-naris. The award in the form of cash Rs 11,000 and a memento has been given to her to express the gratitude towards her work.
Speaking on this occasion, Chithade said, “The armed forces is the only organization that works beyond caste, religion, caste, creed, language. They don’t work within a certain time frame or go on strike if not getting what they want. They always live with the thought ‘nation first’. Soldiers inspire us to live beyond ourselves. We should also fulfil our duties towards our nation. ”
Kirtan artist Charudatta Aphale said, “Even after 75 years of Independence we are still facing social issues. People think that it is not possible for them to solve those problems, even before they try working for it. We need more such people like Sumedha Tai to solve our problems. We should also create courage among children so that they will be prepared for future problems.
 Especially problems like terrorism.’’
Supriya Damale said, “Hindu Mahila Sabha, the organization, which was founded under the inspiration of Swatantryaveer Savarkar, is the organisation run by women only that too very successfully. This year is the 72nd year of the organization. The Organisation conducts various activities throughout the year. We will continue to carry forward its work. For this, many people help us in this work, on this occasion. I thank them very much.”
In this program, Rama Chobhe, director of Suzuki School of Violin, and 36 students of the institute performed patriotic songs on violin. Various compositions like Jayostute Shree Mahamangale, Nanha Munha Rahi Hoon, Bharat Humko Jaan Se Bhi Pyaara Hai, Vande Mataram were performed by the children. They were accompanied by Kedar Paranjape (Synthesizer) and Rishikesh Kore (Drummer). The program was moderated by Archana Sane.