(Written by Rupal Jhajhria)
The Rotary Club of Pune Metro and mountaineering group Giripremi have joined hands to honour the organisations and individuals who have performed exemplary rescue work in the hilly hinterlands of Maharashtra.
These rescuers and organisations will be awarded the Vocational Service Award at an event on Saturday at Abasaheb Garware College’s Auditorium, Karve Nagar.
The chief guest of the ceremony will be Air Marshal Bhushan Gokhale (retired).
The selected organisations and individuals have done exceptional work and are affiliated to the Maharashtra Mountaineering Rescue Coordination Centre (MMRCC), the Rotary Club said.
MMRCC is a dedicated rescue coordination organisation founded by Guardian Giripremi Institute of Mountaineering (GGIM).
Under MMRCC, a 24×7 helpline number to undertake rescue and relief work in hilly regions of the state is active throughout the year.
Several local organisations and individuals that are part of MMRCC have carried out more than 300 rescue and relief operations over the past three years since the launch of the helpline in 2016.
Mukund Chiplunkar, president, Rotary Club of Pune, said, “The rescuers are superheroes. They carry out rescue work in challenging terrain throughout the year, risking their own lives. They deserve appreciation and a pat on the back for their contribution. There is no better service than saving lives.”