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Mauritius: Barclays Colours of Life Award 2014 declares 15 NGOs as finalists

Mauritius: Barclays Colours of Life Award 2014 declares 15 NGOs as finalists

Under this contest, Barclays Bank Mauritius shows its support for community projects, and the NGO presenting the best community project will receive a cheque of Rs 300,000 during the prize giving ceremony that will be held in January 2015. (Image: Marie-Lorry Coret)

Barclays revealed the names of the 15 finalists of the Barclays Colours of Life Award 2014 at the Barclays House yesterday, November 10, 2014.

The participating Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) were divided into five categories, namely: education and training; socio-economic development; fight against social ills; wellness; and, the environment.

The NGO which will present the best community project will receive a cheque of Rs 300,000 during the prize giving ceremony that will be held in January 2015.

Each individual winner under the five categories will receive Rs 100,000, while the ‘coup de coeur’ of the jury will receive Rs 50,000.

For the second edition launched in August 21, 2014, 75 NGOs of Mauritius and Rodrigues gave their application.

The NGOs were invited to participate in this competition through providing a submission by October 17, 2014 of projects undertaken that had a significant impact on the beneficiaries, or had successfully achieved the goals, as initially defined.

According to the first evaluation exercise, 15 NGOs had been selected and will be in the finale.

The finalists in the education and training category are: Association Culturelle de Sensibilisation et d’Eveil Artistique (ACSEA); Association de Parents d’Enfants Inadaptés de l’Ile Maurice (APEIM); and Terrain for Interactive Pedagogy through Arts (T.I.P.A).

For the environment category, the finalists are: Reef Conservation; Shoal Rodrigues; and Mission Verte.

Next up, Centre de Solidarité pour une nouvelle Vie, Association pour la Promotion pour la Sante (APSA International), and T1 Diams (wellness) were selected for wellness category including health, sport, leisure activities, culture and arts.

“We are happy to feature among the finalists as this shows the positive impact of our actions and tells us that our submitted project is worthy of being supported on a bigger scale. Our project is focused on medical education to support all Mauritians with Type 1 Diabetes,” Karine Auckbur-Isabelle, Fundraising Officer at T1 Diams, said.

According to Kamla Pandoo, Head of Education and Prevention at APSA, she expressed her sense of satisfaction at the organisation for fighting against diabetes and noted that their submitted project consists of training people on their nutrition needs over five weeks.

The category for combating social ills has as its finalists PILS, Groupe Elan, and Friends in Hope.

Finally, Association Pour l’Education des Enfants Défavorisés (Mauritius), Association Ki Fer Pa Mwa, and Curepipe Starlight Sports Clubs are the finalists under the category socio-economic development and the reduction of poverty.

“Personally, I am proud because we have been able to overcome the failures of last year to succeed this year. Normally we work with children in the region of Sainte-Croix, Briqueterie and Batterie-Cassée. Our ongoing projects are remedial classes, theatre, and arts,” said Veronique Mars, Project coordinator at Association Ki Fer Pa Mwa.

“The number of NGOs which submitted their projects this year is a good reflection of the high calibre of this competition which encourages greater participation. This year again, the majority of the submitted projects were high-level, and to choose only 15 NGO was a very difficult exercise,” said Ravin Dajee, General Director of Barclays Mauritius.

The team behind the Barclays Colours of Life contest will visit the selected organisation to verify the information contained in the submitted documents, following which the finalists will be invited to present their project to the members of the jury.

“It is a difficult task which awaits the members of the jury. They will have to appoint the winners in the five categories and also the overall winner of the 2014 edition of Barclays Colours of Life,” Ravin Dajee commented.

The 15 finalists will be invited on the 20th and 21st November to do a presentation on their respective projects in front of the panel of jury, which will be chaired by Sir Victor Glover, a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

The other members are well-known experts in their respective fields, such as Pierre Dinan, former Senior Partner at De Chazal du Mée (DCDM); Aline Wong, female entrepreneur, and owner & director of ‘L’Inattendu’; Jacques du Mée, Managing Partner, Global Client Service Director, Communication /Marketing/ Public Relations, Risk Management at Deloitte; and Pamela Bappoo-Dundoo, ecologic adviser and national coordination in the United Nations Development Programme.

- By Marie-Lorry Coret

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