By Bejay Browne
THE NOMINATIONS for the Paphos Hearts of Gold Award 2105 will close on Saturday morning and organisers of the event are urging the public to send in their nominations before it’s too late.
“Unfortunately we won’t be able to accept any nominations received after Saturday morning and they will be discounted. If you haven’t already nominated someone please do so now, to ensure they are put forward for this year’s awards,” said the award’s spokesman.
“Sometimes people say to us, I know an amazing person or child who deserves to be a winner, but I forget to nominate them. Please don’t let that happen this year”
He said that as time was running out for postal nominations to arrive in time, it would be safer to submit email nominations.
One adult winner and one child will be picked by a panel of ten judges from the nominations which have been received and accepted.
The ninth annual Paphos Hearts of Gold Award ceremony will be held at PaliaIlekriki Cultural Centre in Paphos town at 12 noon on Friday December 11. Nominees and their families will be invited to attend the ceremony.
Marios Joannou Elia, ambassador of tourism, has been named this year’s patron, for a second year. The Paphos Zingers will provide a festive welcome and snacks and drinks will be available at the venue after the ceremony.
“Do you know any children who are great friends to others, kind, caring or good students. Have they raised some money for charity or are coping with difficult times? How about an adult who deserves recognition, they could be a good friend or neighbour, be active in the community, a volunteer or a charity worker. Perhaps they have shown bravery or coped well with a difficult situation or illness? We would love to hear from you,” the spokesman said.
The Paphos Hearts of Gold Award is a philanthropic community-based award and it aims to recognise extra special children and adults in the community.
This year, organisers are also introducing the ‘Paphos Heart of Gold Lifetime Achievement award’ for outstanding dedication to the community; this award may also be given posthumously.
The ‘Paphos Heart of Gold Jasmitha Singh Award for Courage’ will also be presented for the first time, and is open to children under the age of 15, who have shown determination, resilience and strength when faced with difficulties.
Aphrodite Jewellers in Paphos each year donates a hand crafted gold heart on a pin, which is the winners to keep. This year’s adult winner will also receive a weekend break with dinner at the five star Almyra hotel in Paphos.
Entries should be between 50-150 words and include contact details of the nominee, along with the person nominating them, to ensure conformation of receipt
Nominations can be made until Saturday December 5 to [email protected]
The Paphos Hearts of Gold Award 2015 is supported by Cyprus Mail, Paphos Post, Sunshine Radio, the British High Commission in Nicosia, Paphos Municipality Social Welfare Committee, Aphrodite Jewellers, Massiva printers, Almyra Hotel and PaliaIlektriki Restaurant.