By Bejay Browne
THE nomination process for the seventh annual Paphos Hearts of Gold award 2013 is now open.
Last year saw 16 adults and seven children being nominated by members of the public.
The winners of the Paphos Heart of Gold Award 2013 were a dedicated volunteer and a determined young boy.
Vasia Ioannou and Jason Bruce-Souster were chosen by a panel of judges, who said that the decision to pick just one winner in each section was extremely difficult.
Each year all of the nominees are invited to attend the ceremony, which takes place at Paphos town hall each December. The awards are presented by the Patron, Paphos Mayor Savvas Vergas.
The community based award, is now in its seventh year and aims to recognise those who have shown tremendous courage, strength and determination, worked tirelessly within the community or for charities, overcome tragedies with a smile or simply been a great help and support to neighbours and friends. The award is open to everyone who is a resident of Paphos, of all ages and nationalities.
This year’s ceremony will take place at the town hall on Friday December 13 at midday.
Successful nominees will be presented with their solid gold handmade heart- created and donated by Aphrodite Jeweller’s – winner’s certificate and a bouquet of flowers. There are two categories: the Junior Heart of Gold award for those under 18, and the Heart of Gold award for adults. All of the nominees are presented with a certificate and a flower.
Organisers of the event said they wished to thank the supporters of the award, especially in the current economic climate.
Nominees are invited along with either members of their families or friends, to join members of the judging panel at the ceremony where the mayor will announce the winners.
Nominations can be made by members of the public via the email below. The award also has a dedicated Facebook page.
“If you wish to nominate someone please send us the person’s details which category they are in – either adult or junior- and why you are nominating them – in not more than 100 words. We will also need their contact details along with those of the person that is nominating them. All of the information passed onto us is confidential,” the organizers said in a statement.
Event organisers say they hope that this year will see even more nominations being made, especially in the junior section.
Last year’s winner in the adult section, Vasia Ioannou, volunteers at the old people’s home in Chlorakas, the PASYKAF Anti Cancer Association, the Kivotos Centre for children with special needs, child welfare and also organises collections of old toys and clothes which are distributed among various other charities in need. She also cares for her disabled son.
Jason Bruce-Souster was 13 years old when he won the 2012 junior section. Jason has cerebral palsy and started playing football in 2011; he is described by his coaches as an inspiration and a truly brave boy.
The annual award is supported by the Paphos municipality social welfare committee, Aphrodite jewellers, Massiva printing, the Cyprus Mail, Paphos Post and Rock FM.
Nominations must be received by Friday December 6h and can be made by emailing: [email protected]
The Paphos Hearts of gold Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Paphos-Hearts-of-Gold-Award/172641502817020?ref=hl