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Honour for Patel as Rotary Club of Lagos Palmgrove estate births new club


President Pahalwani (right), Past President Biswal, Patel and Onabadejo and his wife at the event. PHOTO: ISAAC TAIWO

President Pahalwani (right), Past President Biswal, Patel and Onabadejo and his wife at the event. PHOTO: ISAAC TAIWO

It was a commendation bouquet for Mr. G.N. Patel, Assistant Governor of the Rotary Club of Lagos Palmgrove Estate yesterday when he was honoured and conferred with the prestigious Platinum Award by Rotary International, District 9110, for his unwavering support to the cause of the less privileged in society.

According to the Governor of District 9110, Otunba Bola Onabadejo, the award was in recognition of Patel’s extraordinary performance, not only at the club level, but also in the entire District, comprising of Lagos and Ogun states.

“I appreciate the humility in this ‘icon’ coupled with his spirit of focus and innate enormous leadership quality. Patel has contributed the largest amount to Rotary Foundation in our District, in the sum of $130,000, which has gone a long way in bringing smiles and succour to many disadvantaged and less privileged people across the world,” he said.

Past District Governor, Deinde Shoga, described Patel as a humble and gentleman, who likes to do good unnoticed and had been involved in many good projects before he joined Rotary.

For Past President of the club, Dr. Alex Thomopulos, Patel is a man of integrity, who has spent the larger part of his life in Africa. “He was born in 1939 in India and came to West Africa in 1957, first to Ghana and later to Nigeria. Patel and Charter President, Dr. Deep Mirani were instrumental to the formation of Rotary Club of Lagos Palmgrove Estate, which is today a pride to the nation and Rotary International.

“He is a pillar behind the free eye surgery for the financially-challenged being conducted by the club in collaboration with the Indo Eye Care Foundation, which is presently building an Eye Hospital on Murtala Muhammed International Airport road in Lagos. He is also the pillar behind Hindu Manda, a big foundation that has its tentacles worldwide,” he said.

At the occasion, formation of a new club, ‘Lagos Island Rotary Club,’ comprising 31 members and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lagos Palmgrove Estate, was announced. Rotarian Vinod Garg was named as the Club President.

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