Huge suc­cess for the first edi­tion of the So­cial Im­pact awards

Malta Independent - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

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 louisa@in­spi­ra­

For more in­for­ma­tion visit­­spi­ra­

Mark Gasan, Dr Max Ganado

Louisa At­tard, Alex Ben­nett

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