Cypriot charity Cans For Kids has been nominated from over 1,000 submissions for the International Energy Globe Award 2013 by the International Energy Globe Jury.
Cans For Kids has twice won the National Energy Globe Award for Cyprus, once for its environmental work and last July for its work promoting volunteerism, in the Youth category.
“We are absolutely thrilled by the honour of being nominated for this prestigious award” said Cans For Kids Vice-President Rosie Charalambous, adding that volunteering can offer many solutions in these straitened economic times. “The only thing you don’t get from volunteering is money. What you do get is self-respect and satisfaction, the chance to meet new people and feel that you are contributing – and it’s a valuable addition to your CV when you apply for jobs.”
The Energy Globe Award was founded in 1999 by Austrian energy pioneer Wolfgang Neumann and is one of today’s most prestigious environmental awards.
The Award aims to present successful sustainable projects to a broad audience, “for many of our environmental problems already have good, feasible solutions”. Projects which conserve and protect the Earth’s resources or that employ renewable energy can participate.
From all over the world, some 800 projects and initiatives are submitted annually to compete for the award which is presented as National (country) Energy Globe Awards.
Any national winner can become the winner of an international Energy Globe Award or of the Energy Globe World Award.
The international Energy Globe Award distinguishes the best projects in the five categories Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Youth.
As it works extensively with young people in Cyprus, fostering a culture of volunteerism, Cans For Kids this year entered the Youth category, which it considers particularly important given the high levels of youth unemployment across Europe and many other parts of the world.
The first prize in each Energy Globe category is endowed with €10.000.
By audience and/or online voting, the Energy Globe World Award winner is selected from among the five category winners.
The international Energy Globe Awards are presented annually in a televised ceremony. The next awards ceremony will be held in Salzburg on February 4, 2014.
Prominent guests who have presented awards include Kofi Annan, Mikhail Gorbachev, the Presidents of the EU Commission and EU Parliament, Peter Falk (Columbo), Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), Martin Sheen, Nigel Kennedy and Dionne Warwick.