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National youth awardee

The president of the city-based Sacrifice Friends Club has won the National Youth Award for his social service.



SERVICE PAYS: Lashmanan receiving his award from Union Minister Ananth Kumar.

FOR SOMEONE who emptied his piggy bank as a child to help out a weaver struggling to meet his daughter's wedding expenses, service to society is but a way of life.

In recognition of his efforts to help the needy, P. N. Lashmanan, President of the city-based Friends Club has been awarded the National Youth Award for the year 2001-2002.

Union Minister for Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation Ananth Kumar presented Mr Lashmaman with the citation at a function in Thiruvananthapuram on January 12.

The award function was followed by the eighth National Youth Festival, which saw the participation of more than 4,000 people.

The focus areas of the Sacrifice Friends Club are literacy for all, sanitation, anti-plastics drive and conducting health camps for the economically backward.

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