In a ceremony held in the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, Queen Sofia handed out our Social Outreach Awards in recognition of the generosity, dedication and solidarity of the award-winning people and initiatives of this edition.
The annual Fundación MAPFRE Awards for 2015 have been presented and we would like to introduce the winners; men, women and organizations who all work to improve people's lives and contribute to making the world a better place.We thank them all for their dedication and commitment.
The jury's decision for each award will be notified to the participants and made public through our website, social networks and the media. The awards are presented at a public ceremony held in June each year.
There are people and organizations who anonymously and selflessly work to improve the lives of others. The 2017 award winners are a clear example of this generosity at work: Vicente del Bosque for giving visibility to groups that need the most care, FUNDACIÓN EHAS for bringing health services to women in rural areas of Guatemala, O dentista do Bem de Turma do Bem for offering dental services to thousands of children in Brazil and the Organización de Bomberos Americanos (Organization of American Firefighters) for training firefighters throughout Latin America.
Yet again, Queen Sofia presided the prize-giving ceremony of our Awards held at the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid. The winners, all examples of generosity and dedication to others, were grateful for the awards at this emotional ceremony.
The 2016 winners need little introduction, as their merits are only too well known: the cardiologist Valentín Fuster for a lifetime dedicated to treating and preventing heart disease, the "Abandoned in the City Streets" program: "Help" project by the psychiatrist Luis Rojas-Marcos, for psychiatric support that Fundación Aladina provides to children with cancer and their families, and the World Class Driver risk prevention project by Grupo Alsa.
We invite you to take a look at the details of last year's prize-giving ceremony.
Her Majesty Queen Sofía, the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR), the Acción Contra el Hambre Foundation and the Promoción Social de la Cultura Foundation (FPSC) were the winners in 2015. The values of Her Majesty Queen Sofía and her tireless work in support of the most vulnerable members of society, something that also distinguishes the other award-winners, led to the choice of winners this year. A great example to us all.