Nominations from all over Cyprus are flooding in for the annual Hearts of Gold awards as they go nationwide for the first time.
“It is very exciting for us, as this is the first time that we are accepting nominees nationwide and we are marking ten years with a special ceremony this year in Paphos,” awards patron Marios Ioannou Elia told the Cyprus Mail.
However, he urged members of the public to keep nominating both adults and children, as there are only just over two weeks left until the process closes.
The annual awards recognise both children and adults who are extra special in some way. Members of the public nominate people each year who they feel are deserving. The winners are chosen by a panel of judges, including this year’s guest judge British High Commissioner Matthew Kidd.
The awards recognise adults and children who have shown tremendous courage, strength and determination, worked in the community or for charities, overcome tragedies or are a great help and support to neighbours and friends.
The four awards are: the Heart of Gold Cyprus award, the Junior Heart of Gold Cyprus award, the Jasmitha award for courage and the Lifetime achievement award. For the first time, a number of Honrourable Mentions will also be given this year.
Every accepted nominee will be given a certificate and a flower and the adult and junior winners will be given a hand crafted solid gold heart on a pin, created by Aphrodite Jewellers in Paphos and a number of other prizes, including a bouquet of flowers and a hamper of handmade treats by Joulietta Chocolatier. The adult winner will also be given a weekend break with dinner and spa treatment at the Almyra Hotel.
Renowned Cypriot artist Yiota Ioannidou is creating a Lifetime Achievement award and smaller versions for the Junior, Adult and Jasmitha Awards, which are all supported by Blevins Franks Cyprus, tax and wealth management advisers.
The Jasmitha Award for Courage is supported by Kivotos Gallery in Paphos, and is open to children who have shown determination, resilience and strength when faced with difficulties
“This is a very special way to thank someone or to give a deserving person recognition. They celebrate humanity and the culture we live in and we can only know about these wonderful people if they are nominated,” Elia said.
Members of the public may put forward nominees by filling in a nomination form, available on request, and sending it by either email or post.
Nominations should be no more than 100 words and are open to individuals of any nationality living anywhere in Cyprus. Businesses are not eligible for the awards. The closing date is November 30.
To request a form or for further information: [email protected], www.heartsofgoldcyprus.com