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Honour for DHR Society

Posted by Ramesh Khati on October 6, 2009

Siliguri, Oct. 5: After several accolades for its community service programmes along the toy train tracks, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Society (DHRS) now has an award in its kitty.
The Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRPS), a UK-based federation of over 60 community rail way partnerships and promotion groups, has honoured the Society with the Best International Achievement Award for its welfare projects along the toy train routes.
The award recognises the combined efforts of the Society, its chapter here, India Support Group and the subsidiary wings — Education Group and the Darjeeling Railway Community Support (DRCS) — in sponsoring a wide range of welfare initiatives.
“At a gala dinner ceremony held at Swallow Hilltop Hotel in Carlisle on Friday 25, September 2009, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Society (DHRS) received the ‘Best International Achievement Award’ for its projects in communities living by the side of the entire stretch of the DHR,” Paul Whittle, the DHRS vice-chairman, wrote in an e-mail to The Telegraph.
Every year, the ACoRPS selects various organisations — both domestic and international — engaged with local railways for the Community Rail Awards under several categories.
The association, funded by the UK’s department of transport, works towards making local rail services more sustainable by providing better station facilities and improved train services.
The DHRS was formed in the UK in 1997 and has been working to promote awareness and increase support for the toy train in Darjeeling since then. It has now over 800 members in 24 countries.
The Education Group has sponsored art and drama competitions and funded small projects. It has also created and distributed study material about the DHR to 30 schools.
The DRCS, on the other hand, raises funds in the UK, with which it supports a wide variety of community-based projects that include free health check-ups, construction of parks and children’s playgrounds and generation of employment opportunities in the hills.
Some of the souvenirs brought out by the DHR Society to raise funds for the community services

Some of the souvenirs brought out by the DHR Society to raise funds for the community services

Siliguri, Oct. 5(The Telegraph): After several accolades for its community service programmes along the toy train tracks, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Society (DHRS) now has an award in its kitty.

The Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRPS), a UK-based federation of over 60 community rail way partnerships and promotion groups, has honoured the Society with the Best International Achievement Award for its welfare projects along the toy train routes.

The award recognises the combined efforts of the Society, its chapter here, India Support Group and the subsidiary wings — Education Group and the Darjeeling Railway Community Support (DRCS) — in sponsoring a wide range of welfare initiatives.

“At a gala dinner ceremony held at Swallow Hilltop Hotel in Carlisle on Friday 25, September 2009, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Society (DHRS) received the ‘Best International Achievement Award’ for its projects in communities living by the side of the entire stretch of the DHR,” Paul Whittle, the DHRS vice-chairman, wrote in an e-mail to The Telegraph.

Every year, the ACoRPS selects various organisations — both domestic and international — engaged with local railways for the Community Rail Awards under several categories.

The association, funded by the UK’s department of transport, works towards making local rail services more sustainable by providing better station facilities and improved train services.

The DHRS was formed in the UK in 1997 and has been working to promote awareness and increase support for the toy train in Darjeeling since then. It has now over 800 members in 24 countries.

The Education Group has sponsored art and drama competitions and funded small projects. It has also created and distributed study material about the DHR to 30 schools.

The DRCS, on the other hand, raises funds in the UK, with which it supports a wide variety of community-based projects that include free health check-ups, construction of parks and children’s playgrounds and generation of employment opportunities in the hills.

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