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Best Volunteer Project Award to honour initiatives to mitigate COVID-19 impacts

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The organising committee of the sixth edition of the Best Bahraini Volunteer Project Award continues receiving participating works through the website of the Good Word Society.

Held under the patronage of the Undersecretary of the Cabinet Affairs Ministry and Good Word Society’s Honorary President, HH Shaikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa, the award will be dedicated to honouring Bahraini frontline competencies who have contributed to alleviating the impacts of the novel coronavirus pandemic in the kingdom.

The committee chairman, Yacub Bu Hazza, said that this year’s edition will shed light on creative initiatives and inspiring success stories of Bahraini youth whose projects have reflected positively on the nation and society in the midst of the spread of COVID-19.

He added that this year’s award aims to enhance communication channels with various volunteering entities to encourage them to support the government’s efforts during the current circumstances.

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He pointed out that jury of the award, comprising Dr. Faleh Al-Ruwaily, Ahmed Al-Ahmadi and media personality Eman Marhoun, will remain unchanged in order to benefit from their experience, adding that nomination for the award which was opened on August 10, will be closed on September 10.

He pointed out that the increasing number of participants in this year’s edition reflects the success of the award in enhancing the awareness of the Bahraini society, particularly youth, of the importance of voluntary work.

Bu Hazza stressed that the majority of the nominated projects meet the terms and requirements of the sixth edition, noting that they are consistent with the plans and standards of sustainable development, and are related to mitigating the impacts of COVID-19.

Jury chairman, Dr. Faleh Al-Ruwaily, said that the projects will be assessed on their main goals, the segments they target, their development prospects in the future and most importantly their ability to mitigate COVID-19 effects.

The panel will also focus on the “sustainability” theme in the projects and the extent of their relations to sustainable development goals, Dr. Al-Ruwaily added, affirming that the nominated works will be evaluated in accordance with the set criteria, independently and neutrally.

A total of US $ 20,000 worth of cash prizes have been earmarked for the winners of the award.

Prizes will be distributed during a ceremony, themed “National Cadres at the Frontlines”, to be held by the Good Word Society, as part of the celebrations of the HH Shaikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa Award to honour voluntary work pioneers in September.

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