Time to reward heroes in community work

Lots of nominees: Ismail (right) submitting a nomination for Irda at the Iskandar Malaysia Social Hero Awards nomination ceremony on May 31 to the award’s committee chairman V. Thanam while Irda social development head Nor Hisham Hussein looks on.

JOHOR BARU: Organisations and individuals actively involved in social and community service work have a shot at winning one of the 23 prizes at the 2nd Iskandar Malaysia Social Hero Awards.

Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda) CEO Datuk Ismail Ibrahim officially kicked off the nomination for the awards in a simple ceremony here on Sunday.

“The awards are to draw attention to the work done by the organisations and individuals who carry out such work without asking for reward or pats on their back.

“This is to recognise the unsung heroes of the social sector for their noble work to genuinely help the underprivileged,” he said, adding that nominations will close at midnight on July 10.

Ismail also suggested for a special award category to be included in the awards in future to recognise members of the media for articles that contribute to community service.

He added that last year’s award attracted more than 170 nominations where former Prime Minister and patron of the awards Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi handed out the prizes to the winners at a gala dinner.

The patron will also attend this year’s gala dinner and award ceremony set to be held in September.

Members of the public could nominate suitable candidates for one of the 12 awards for organisations and 11 awards for individuals, in various categories such as Arts and Culture, Disaster Relief, Education Advancement, Public Safety and Health Services.

One of the winners would be selected as the overall winner for the Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Social Hero Award. All winners will receive a trophy and certificate.

The nominations would be analysed and rated against a social impact rating system by Frost and Sullivan, an independent technical committee and the results would be vetted for a final time by a council made up of prominent local citizens.

Members of the public can nominate any organisation or individual of their choice through www.theiskandarian.com/web/imsha or surf www.facebook.com/socialheroawards for more information.

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