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Pro Volunteering Awards in Hungary

Posted: Tuesday 8 March 16, 11.58am GMT

The Pro Volunteering Awards launched by the National Volunteer Centre were granted for the 7th occasion on 8 December 2015. The ceremony took place in the Museum of Trade and Tourism of Budapest.

The Pro Volunteering Awards 2015 were awarded to the most outstanding volunteer programmes and volunteers in several categories:

Volunteer of the Year
Dr. Aida El-Seaghi, devoted her spare time and holidays for 80 days and more than 400 hours to help refugees entering Hungary.

Volunteer Program of the Year
Budapest Bike Maffia Association combine city biking with the organisation of peaceful activities. The long term goals of the association are: fighting against social disparities and changing attitudes through increasingly popular sporting activities.

Corporate Volunteer Program of the Year
The Vodafone Volunteers Community program allows it’s employees to use one workday for volunteering every three months, they can also apply for financial support to implement their volunteer program. The program was launched in 2010 and it has been developed to meet the evolving needs of the corporation, of its employees as well as its beneficiaries.

Pro Bono Initiative of the Year – for corporations operating pro bono professional volunteer programmes
LogMeIn Ltd’s primary goal is to find and develop talents of the future. The CoderDojo is an international initiative, introduced in Hungary by the colleagues of LogMeIn. Their programme aims to introduce children to computer technologies and the creative world of development as soon as possible. The material and the lessons are provided by volunteer colleagues responsible for development. During the lessons held after working hours the children can get insight in the fundamentals of development.

Special Award for Creating Equal Chances
Mr. György Jaksity supports civil organisations promoting work with handicapped people within contemporary art including fine arts and also theatre. He established a modern supporting structure, where contemporary artists, theatres, young people living with autism and businessmen can prove their talents.

Community Initiative of the Year – public award
The St. Damian Camp was established by the seminarian of the Greek Catholic Seminary in Nyíregyháza 19 years ago. Children living with disabilities are accommodated in the camp free of charge, involving volunteers from secondary school and students from university. The three goals when creating the camp were: easing the burden of parents of disabled children for one week, presenting one unforgettable week for the children and drawing the attention of society to solidarity with disabled children.
This category was assigned to civil organisations or communities making an outstanding volunteering work for their local communities. This award was launched as a public award, and votes could be cast online through a Facebook page. During the pre-assessment process 7 community initiatives were published on the National Volunteer Centre’s Facebook page, where anybody could vote. The St. Damian Camp received the largest number of votes, winning thus the award of the Community Initiative of the Year 2015, and received a non-refundable financial reward of HUF 150.000 offered by Henkel Magyarország.

The National Volunteer Centre was supported with the Awards by Henkel Magyarország, supporter of the Community Initiative of the Year, and also Tesco Global Áruházak Co.Ltd, E-ON Hungária Co.Ltd., Allianz Hungária Co., Ltd and Coca-Cola HBC Magyarország Ltd. as well as Young and Rubicam Advertising Agency (Facebook application) and Bortársaság (in the awarding ceremony).

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