Mumbai, Jul 12: NRI businessman and philanthropist Ronald Colaco was awarded the prestigious Times Now Global NRI of the Year Award 2017 in the category of philanthropy in a glittering award ceremony held at Grand Hyatt Mumbai on Tuesday July 11 2017.
Times Now group instituted these prestigious awards in 2014 and in the last 4 years these awards have gained immense popularity. This year there were 25000 applicants out of which 5000 made it to the final round. The winners were selected after a gruelling 5 tier process conducted by Ernst and Young, a global giant in the field of accounting and professional services. Of the 5000 only 300 made it to final round and the jury had a tough time to select 23 winners from among achievers in diverse fields spread across the four geographical boundaries.
Ronald Colaco who attended the award ceremony along with wife Jean Coloco, received the award from actor Dalip Tahil and Gen Sharma.
Colaco, after receiving the award said, "I am thankful to Times Now of the Times Group, having its presence in over 100 countries and world famous professional group Ernst and Young and their jury, for choosing me for this coveted award. Whatever social and charitable services that I have been doing all these years are not for any award or reward but purely with the true sense of responsibility, rather social obligation towards the society that I have come from, that I have born in, that I have lived in and that I have grown up with."
Further he said, "We have been given only one opportunity to pass by this world and there is no second chance for anyone of us to come back here. Therefore whatever little things that we can do to the least of our brethern of the society that we come from, is now or never. I always wanted to lead a life of substance and when I talk about substance, it is not what I do and how much I do but what is important is how many lives I have been able to touch during my lifetime. Therefore, I follow the doctrine that instead of adding years to my life and keep celebrating my birth anniversaries I would rather add more meaningful and purposeful life to each year that I live."
Hosts of this glamorous event singer - actor Sophie Choudhary and Karan Tacker and Bahubali team members - actor Tamanna Bhatia and story writer K V Vijaya Prasad added more glitter to the glamorous event which was also graced by the three Femina Miss India winners 2017, who gave away the awards to the winners.