Huge success for the first edition of the Social Impact awards
The first edition of the Social Impact Awards was held earlier recently at Hilton Malta. This fantastic initiative, a joint venture between Inspirasia Foundation and The Gasan Foundation, aims to bring the private and non-profit sectors together to offer opportunities for financial and non-financial support to develop and see to fruition a project that will have a positive social impact on Malta.
Following an overwhelming number of applications received back in July, the shortlisted five finalists each gave a short presentation of their proposed project to a panel of judges and audience in a bid to raise the fund they need to implement their projects. From preventing self-harm and suicide to helping vulnerable women on the street to dance classes for those suffering with Parkinson, these projects all aim to improve Maltese society and someone’s standard of living. Inspirasia founder Mark Weingard said: “With these awards we have striven to recognise non-profit organisations and individuals who submit innovative, social projects that can solve some social issues for Malta.”
All the finalists also received non-financial support in the shape of mentoring services by some of the movers and shakers within Malta’s business community in order to help develop the projects and prepare the perfect pitch. In the end the two winners were: Dar Hosea walk-in centre for vulnerable prostituted women which aims to offer a safe place submitted by St Jeanne Antide Foundation and the Neighbourhood Watch Project, which will now launch schemes to create safer communities submitted by Victim Support Malta. These awards are the fruits of collaboration between Maltese business foundations and trusts which awarded grants and professional services to the best and most effective submissions.
The event also aimed at encouraging other businesses and individuals to support projects they liked. Some of the other projects that did not win grants through the awards were approached by people from the audience also showing interest in supporting their project. This proved to be a successful initiative and one that plans to be held yearly to become a sustainable and bigger event to offer more funding opportunities and non-financial support.
The next Social Impact awards will be held in May 2017. Anyone interested in submitting a social project or any businesses and individuals wishing to support the event can contact Ms Attard on firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information visit www.socialimpactawards.inspirasia.org
Mark Gasan, Dr Max Ganado
Louisa Attard, Alex Bennett