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Cans For Kids eyes global energy award

CYPRIOT charity Cans For Kids has been nominated from over a thousand submissions for the International Energy Globe Award 2013, presented in the past by world dignitaries such as Kofi Annan and Mikhail Gorbachev, as well as leading personalities including Peter Falk (Columbo), Robin Gibb and Dionne Warwick.

Cans For Kids, the organisation that raises funds for children’s projects from the crushed collected cans it sells to recyclers, has twice won the National Energy Globe Award for Cyprus, once for its environmental work and last July for its work promoting volunteerism, in the Youth category.

“We are absolutely thrilled by the honour of being nominated for this prestigious award,” said the charity’s vice president Rosie Charalambous, adding that volunteering can offer many solutions in these straitened economic times. “The only thing you don’t get from volunteering is money. What you do get is self-respect and satisfaction, the chance to meet new people and feel that you are contributing – and it’s a valuable addition to your CV when you apply for jobs”.

The Energy Globe Award was founded in 1999 by Austrian energy pioneer Wolfgang Neumann and is one of today’s most prestigious environmental awards.

The award aims to present successful sustainable projects to a broad audience, “for many of our environmental problems already have good, feasible solutions”. Projects which conserve and protect the Earth’s resources or that employ renewable energy can participate.

Any national winner can go on to win an international award or the Energy Globe World Award distinguishing the best projects in the five categories of earth, fire, water, air and youth receiving €10,000 in prize money.

As it works extensively with young people in Cyprus, fostering a culture of volunteerism, Cans For Kids this year entered the Youth category, which it considers particularly important given the high levels of youth unemployment across Europe and many other parts of the world.

The next awards ceremony will be held in Salzburg on February 4, 2014.

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