Official Award Giving Ceremony National Competition Voluntary Initiative 2011
Tulip Foundation and the National Alliance for Voluntary Action in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and the Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria organised an EVENING OF THE VOILUNTEERS on the occasion of the international day of the volunteers and the European Year of Volunteering on 5 December 2011. It brought together tens of volunteers and representatives of civil organisations, business companies, ministries and media in Roerich Hall at the National Gallery for Foreign Art, Sofia.
Young artists from the National School of Music Lyubomir Pipkov, the National School for Dance Art and the chore at the National High School for Ancient Languages and Cultures Konstantin Cyril Philosopher inspired the audience with their performance.
The awards of the Volunteer Initiative 2011 national contest were announced and given away with a lot of emotions and applause. Tulip Foundation and the National Alliance for Voluntary Action announced the competition in the beginning of 2011 aiming at promotion of voluntary activities and stimulation of more people to get involved. In total 29 various and interesting initiatives from around the country were nominated. They are realized by civil organisations, companies, informal groups and even individual citizens. The best initiatives were selected on the basis of the results, the importance for the local community, the number and the involvement of the participants, the impact of the initiative for the development of the capacity of the volunteers and the team of the organisation and the financial effectiveness by a Jury with members Ambassador Ivan Stancioff, Chair of the Board of Karin dom Foundation; Iva Roudnikova, Chief Editor Capital Light and Ognyan Zlatev, Member of the Board of the Bulgarian National Television.
Axenia Boneva from the Ministry of Culture told about the European Year of Volunteering and the drafting of a Law on Volunteering in Bulgaria. Petar Natsev from the Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria addressed the participants.
Ivan Stancioff gave the award to representatives of Open Communication Association for their initiative “I Can Too” aimed at participation of young people with disabilities as volunteers in the work of local institutions and organisations in Sofia.
Project for civil monitoring of the police run by Open Society Institute Sofia was awarded by Boyko Stankushev, Member of the Board of the Bulgarian National Television. The project is aimed at building trust between police and local community by providing transparency of the police institution and defending the human rights. Zvezda Vankova from Open Society Institute and Bistra Ivanova, civil observer under the project and Volunteer of the Year in category Civil Participation of Astika Foundation received the award certificate.
The Green Day initiative of UniCredit Bulbank and Vitosha Nature Park engaged almost 200 employees of the bank and members of their families (all together some 300 people) in planting 1300 young willow-trees and 1800 bushes along the Struma river. Ivan Stancioff congratulated Ekaterina Ancheva, Communications and Corporative Culture Senior Manager and Ivan Apostolov, Financial Markets and Investment Brokering Director at UniCredit Bulbank.
Boyko Stankushev announced the award for Day of the Volunteering of Zagorka AD (part of Heineken) for cleaning up the Bedechka park. Nearly 200 volunteers from Zagorka AD and representatives of the High School for Foreign Languages Romen Rolan have cleaned up and collected separately the trash, painted the benches and the bridge. They have fixed 30 new bins, 15 new and 25 renovated benches. Anna Velikova, Corpotrate Communications Manager took the award on behalf of the team in Stara Zagora.
The teams of the awarded initiatives received certificate, bouquet of tulips, a camera, a pack of materials from the Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria and an opportunity for free training on management of volunteers.
At the end of the evening Reneta Pauncheva form NAVA and Maria Petkova from Tulip Foundation announced that the competition will continue in the coming 2012 year following the theme of the European Year – Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations.