Lakshmi Logathassan awarded Young Woman of the Year

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NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell and Minister for Women Pru Goward last week announced the winners of the 2014 NSW Women of the Year Awards at NSW Parliament House.

The inaugural recipient of the 2014 Young Woman of the Year is Lakshmi Logathassan – a law student who promotes access to education, equality and a fair-go for all, through ‘The Laptop Project’, a program she founded and developed.

The program takes government-funded laptops no longer needed by Australian students and sends them to students in rural and remote schools in Kenya and Sri Lanka.

To date, about 250 laptops have been donated.

“Lakshmi travelled to Sri Lanka to run a workshop to teach students to speak and read English. She also volunteers for a number of charities including Amnesty International and The Australian Red Cross,” Ms Goward said.

The Young Woman of the Year award is the category nominated and voted on by the people of NSW. This award was sponsored by Harvey Norman.

The winner of the 2014 Premier’s Woman of the Year Award is Turia Pitt – a mining engineer, and an inspirational burns survivor and motivational speaker.

The winner of the 2014 People’s Choice Community Hero is Faten El Dana – President of the Muslim Women’s Welfare of Australia.

“Faten’s commitment to improving the lives of migrant women is commendable,” Ms Goward said.

“Her determination to help others achieve a better quality of life through good health and education has already been recognised with an Order of Australia Medal and the NSW Premier’s Lebanese Community Award in 2012.

 

Published in Indian magazine, Australia

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