Panaji : It’s a proud moment for Goans as 17 year old Paloma Synora Viegas was awarded the prestigious Diana Award in an online award ceremony.
The Diana award was established in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, and is given out by the charity that has the support of both her sons, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex.
The awardees are selected through a rigorous nomination process, these nominators have to demonstrate the nominee’s impact in five key areas: vision, social impact, inspiring others, youth leadership, and service journey.
Paloma is originally from Canacona and is presently based in Dubai and a student of Gems English High School, Dubai.
She has built a mental health campaigner, a website under her initiative, ‘Uninhibited – Talk. Express. Share.’, as a source of information and to spark conversation on wellbeing. As a prefect and school council member, Paloma has spoken about mental health issues in schools, and, as part of her mission to make the world a better place.
Paloma has also helped invent prototypes such as ‘Aegis’ which is an air purifier that helps to protect people from pollution. This multi-talented student was the first-ever student awarded the title of ‘Innovation Leader’, a sign of the support she has shown to fellow students to express their own ideas. Paloma aspires to be a lawyer so that she can provide justice to others.