MTN Ghana?s leading CSR programme, MTN Heroes of Change, has received recognition as the CSR Programme of the Year 2015 by the Head of State Award (HoSA) Scheme.
The HoSA?Ghana Business Award acknowledges the important role the business sector plays in promoting wealth, prosperity and the overall development of young people.
It is conferred on businesses in recognition of their innovation, inspiration and youth development.
A statement signed by Mrs Cynthia Lumor, MTN Corporate Services Executive, and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra, said Mr Robert Kuzoe, the Executive Secretary of MTN Ghana Foundation, received the award on behalf of the company at the State Banquet Hall on July 14.
The statement explained that the MTN Heroes of Change programme is aimed at rewarding and celebrating volunteerism in communities.
It said MTN Ghana has received overwhelming response following the recent launch of Season Two of the Heroes of Change CSR programme.
?The company received over 1,000 nominations for the second season, a stark increase over Heroes of Change Season I?s 600 nominations.?
The entries were submitted online, via whatsapp and in hard copy at MTN locations or by post, with online entries recording the highest number of submissions, with 850 entries,? it said.
After the submission deadline of June 16, entries were screened and pruned down to an initial short list of 100 entries.
The statement said the shortlist would be pruned further to 30, following which a team will visit each of the project sites to verify submissions.
It said the final selection jury which includes Rev. Albert Ocran (Motivational Speaker), Dr. Doris Dartey (Communications Consultant), Mr. Mohammed Awal (Publisher) and Mr. Sidney Casely Hayford (Economist), will select the top 10 projects, which will then be televised for a 13-week period, starting in September 2015.
The final ceremony for Heroes of Change Season II is slated for the first week of December 2015.
?The owner of the project with the greatest impact will be the 2015 MTN Hero of Change and will receive project support of GH?100,000. There will be category winners for Education, Health and Economic Empowerment, each of whom will receive GH?20,000, and seven additional prizes of GH?5,000 each,? the statement added.
The MTN Heroes of Change initiative was launched in 2013 to reward and recognise hard working Ghanaians who are bringing change to their communities and Ghana as a whole.
MTN hopes to encourage the spirit of giving back to the community through this intervention.