The Bangladesh Pratidin and Social Islami Bank Ltd (SIBL) have jointly awarded CRP hospital-founder Valerie Ann Taylor and Bachte Shekha executive director Angela Gomes for their outstanding contributions to health and socioeconomic sector.
The daily awarded two noble women on the occasion of its seventh anniversary of publication on Tuesday.
Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan handed over a crest and a cheque for Tk 2 lakh to each of them.
Besides, he announced donation of Tk 25 lakh from Bashundhara Group to facilitate them to work for the destitute and vulnerable people in the society.
Bangladesh Pratidin editor Naem Nizam, Kaler Kantho editor Imdadul Haque Milon, SIBL chairman Major (retd) Dr Rezaul Haque and NEWS24 head of current affairs Samia Rahman were present there.
Taylor established the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) at Savar to treat the physically and mentally paralysed and challenged people.
Leaving her home in the UK, she dedicated her life to the welfare of the people of Bangladesh. She has been living here for 47 years.
On the other hand, Angela Gomes dedicated her life to economic emancipation of the vulnerable women and children. Her organisation also provides the pregnant women with healthcare facility. Besides, the organisation works for gender equality.
Speaking on the occasion, the Bashundhara Group Chairman said Bangladesh Pratidin is the only paper which bravely publishes reports on women liberation and movement.
He said he was proud of meeting the two noble women. He assured them of giving more financial support to their organisations in future. He called upon other affluent persons to come forward to stand beside the destitute and vulnerable people in the society.
The BG chief said a journalist of Bangladesh Pratidin was arrested in Savar for writing a report. “I asked Editor Naem Nizam to extend all-out supports to the reporter. I stood by journalists in the past. I am with them and will be in future.”