Mauritius’ APEIM declared overall winner of Barclays Colours of Life Award 2014
From left to right: General Director of Barclays Bank Mauritus Limited, Ravin Dajee; Manager of APEIM, Irène Alessandri; Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Aurore Perraud; Manager of l’APEIM, Marie-Françoise Montocchio; and President of the Jury of Barclays Colours of Life Award 2014 , Sir Victor Glover. (Image: Cecilia Samoisi)
In front of a prestigious audience, the ‘Association de Parents d’Enfants Inadaptés de l’Ile Maurice’ (APEIM) was declared the overall winner of the Barclays Colours of Life Award 2014, yesterday, January 28, 2015 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Balaclava.
Rewarded for the best community project, the APEIM has received a cheque of Rs 300,000, alongside Rs 100,000 which they received as the winner of the Education and Training Category, where ‘Association Culturelle de Sensibilisation et d’Eveil Artistique’ (ACSEA) and Terrain for Interactive Pedagogy through Arts (T.I.P.A) were also competing for top honours.
“This money will help us better assist families with children suffering from mental and intellectual disabilities, by providing them with the necessary counselling and equipment,” said Manager of APEIM, Marie-Francoise Montocchio.
“Very often, these families are extremely poor and cannot afford the cost of medical care and assistance. With this project, we are bringing a system of proximity in order to assist, not only the children but the entire family, and would like to thank Barclays for their support” she further said.
The second category of Socio-Economic Development featured ‘Association Pour l’Education des Enfants Défavorisés’ (Mauritius), ‘Association Ki Fer Pa Mwa’, and Curepipe Starlight Sports Clubs. The Curepipe Starlight Sports Clubs was the winner and pocketed the cheque of Rs 100, 000.
The third category of ‘Fight Against Social ills’, showcased PILS, Groupe Elan, and Friends in Hope, where PILS was designated the winner.
Next up, in the fourth category of Health and Wellness, T1 Diams emerged the winner, where ‘Centre de Solidarité pour une nouvelle Vie’ and ‘Association pour la Promotion pour la Sante’ (APSA) were also finalists.
For the fifth category of environment, SHOAL Rodrigues emerged the winner, with Reef Conservation and Mission Verte coming out as close contenders.
Finally, the Jury`s Special Mention went to Friend in Hope which received Rs 50, 000.
For his part, the General Director of Barclays Bank Mauritus Limited, Ravin Dajee, said that the Barclays Colours of Life Awards is a way of rewarding the NGO`s for their fantastic work towards building a brighter and more inclusive society.
“Barclays Bank Mauritius is here to empower NGOs in the right direction by helping them both in a financial paradigm and through capacity building, so as to bring their projects to a successful completion,” he added.
Finally, the Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Aurore Perraud, who was the Guest speaker at the event, said that “working hand in hand with credible NGOs and other suitable organisations within civil society, the Government and the Private Sector, we can only act as facilitators in promoting change for the betterment of society and the welfare of all our citizens.”
“What Barclays has done in the last two years through the Barclays Colours of Life Awards is something that I hope will be emulated by other major institutions and enterprises in the private sector. And, as I’m sure you’ll agree with me, this goes beyond the notion of Corporate Social Responsibility. It is a question of social justice and the kind of society we would like to live in,” she said.
She added that at a governmental level and within her ministry, they work towards supporting similar NGOs, and hope to arrive at the same tangible and sustainable results that Barclays has managed to achieve.
- By Cecilia Samoisi