The MTN Ghana Foundation has launched its Heroes of Change (HOC) Season Four in Accra, last Wednesday, vowed to touch more lives in communities.
The season comes with the introduction of two more new categories of awards to special personalities in the media, Arts and Music industry, for their respective contributions and promotion to society through their work.
The trailblazing ‘MTN Heroes of Change’ project sought to reward exceptional works of hardworking individuals who are impacting lives in their communities with their own resources.
Mrs. Amma Benneh Amponsah, the Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MTN Ghana, who launched the Season Four, stated that there were personalities who were undertaking social causes on their own volition through their work, noting, “We have seen how some of them go the extra mile to engage people to support life changing projects and we believe they deserve special recognition.”
According to her, each winner of the new categories of awards would receive a plaque and a certificate, as well as monetary that would be invested in a Corporate Social Responsibility of their choice.
She stated that, Foundation acknowledged the need to support MTN HOC with the aim of identifying and supporting the contributions of individual Ghanaian are working to impact lives positively in their various communities.
Among the criteria, she noted, are that, ghe Heroes of Change chosen by the independent jury must exhibit selflessness and must have made a personal and sustainable effort in addressing a significant issue in the areas of Education, Health, and Economic Empowerment.
Mrs. Amponsah stressed that, “We would receive nominations from people who are doing exceptional work in the areas of Education, Health and Economic Empowerment; they will be shortlisted by the jury.”
She said, the shortlisted projects would be further pruned to 100 and thereafter to 40 and finally 10 finalists would be selected for the final awards.
“The stories of the top 10 finalists will be filmed and featured in a 13-week television show after which an awards night will be held to announce winners,” she stated.
The Acting CEO announced that monetary prize of GH¢100,000 would be awarded to the Ultimate MTN Hero of Change season four, as the Foundation would assist with the project implementation from then on.
The category winners, she said, would be awarded with GH¢ 30,000 each for the investment in their projects, whilst the rest of six heroes would be given GH¢ 10,000 towards their projects.
Mrs. Amponsah however expressed confidence in the Season four as, it would build on the success stories of the last three seasons.
She explained that the Season Four was a special edition because the Foundation would be celebrating its 10th Anniversary in November, this year, stating, “The Foundation has experienced a decade of transforming lives and making communities brighter with the implementation of 142 projects across Ghana.”
The three-member panel of judges for the previous editions were maintained to continue their contributions to the success of the project.
It comprises Reverend Albert Ocran, an international motivational speaker and author; Dr. Doris Yaa Dartey, a communications consultant and columnist, as well as Mr. Sydney Casely-Hayford, a business and financial analysts and columnist.
In a remarks on behalf of his colleague juries, Rev. Albert Ocran, said no matter the number of people celebrated, there were many more to be celebrated in the country due to the impacts they are making.
He stated that they, as juries, are expectant to see real interventions for lives with the awardees sacrificing their efforts, time, and money to make life better for the poor, the sick, children and the underprivileged.
The MTN Heroes of Change was first launched in 2013 by the MTN Ghana Foundation, with the specific objective of unearthing and celebrating people who are giving back to their communities in extraordinary and impactful way.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Felix Engsalige Nyaaba