H.R.H. Queen Sofía has once again presided over our Awards ceremony. At this special event in Casino de Madrid, Queen Sofía also received the José Manuel Martínez Martínez Lifetime Achievement Award. Fundación MAPFRE was proud to award this honor in recognition of her "significant personal merits and exemplary activity at the service of the Spanish people."
During the ceremony, the President of Fundación MAPFRE Antonio Huertas stressed that "the list of merits of Her Majesty Queen Sofía is virtually endless" and that "the whole of society appreciates the work she has been performing for more than 50 years in defense of the underprivileged, especially children."
We would like to congratulate H.R.H. Queen for this well-deserved award and we hope we will be able to rely on her support in future editions of these awards. The Awards seek to recognize the daily efforts of individuals and institutions to improve the world we live in.
The Spanish NGOs Fundación Promoción Social de la Cultura (FPSC) and Acción contra el Hambre (ACH), the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR) and the U.S. insurance industry representative Ohio Insurance Institute have received the rest of awards after being selected from about 500 submissions sent from around the world.
José Luis Leal, Chairman of Acción Contra el Hambre received the Award for the Best Health Promotion Initiative for the project Anemia NO. Fighting anemia in Central Sierra, Peru, which has made it possible to fight this disease in 8,000 Peruvian children.
In his acceptance speech, José Luis Leal stressed that "The prevention of anemia is now on the national and provincial Peruvian health agenda" and that "The education material we have drawn up is being of use to more than 4,800 healthcare professions."
The Best Social Action Initiative Award, which particularly values work conducted with disadvantaged groups, went to the Fundación Promoción Social de la Cultura. This entity, which is currently the only Spanish NGO in the Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan, aids about 80,000 people, 15 percent of whom suffer from some sort of disability. Jumana Trad, President of this foundation, dedicated her heart-felt speech to Marwan, “an 8-year-old boy with diplegic cerebral palsy and one of the many children who receive rehabilitation, physiotherapy, crutches or wheelchairs at our clinic" and emphasized that "It's still possible to intervene to help this potentially lost generation face the great challenges it is confronted with in rebuilding its future."
The Award for the Best Accident Prevention and Road Safety Initiative was given to the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR) for the project Do not forget the serious injured Road Traffic Victims that is intended to include in the focus of prevention not only the deceased, approximately 1.24 million people a year, but also people who are seriously injured after an accident, and in many cases must learn to live with a disability.
In a sincere speech, Jeannot Mersch, President of FEVR, thanked Fundación MAPFRE for the award and mentioned his daughter Sandy, who was knocked down and killed 23 years ago by the driver of a van as she was crossing a road, at a pedestrian crossing, to catch the school bus. She was just 13 years old at the time.
Jeff Anthony from the Ohio Insurance Institute (USA) received the International Julio Castelo Matrán Insurance Award in recognition of this institution's online efforts since 2012 to promote employment in the insurance industry among students, veterans and professionals who wish to change careers.
Fundación MAPFRE would like to thank all guests for attending the ceremony and encourages them to meet again at the next edition of the Awards.