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 impactful innovation, inspiration and youth development.
Receiving the award at the State Banquet Hall on July 14, 2015, Mr. Robert Kuzoe, Executive Secretary of MTN Ghana Foundation, thanked the organizers for the recognition given to the Heroes of Change program. “The MTN Heroes of Change program is aimed at rewarding and celebrating volunteerism in our communities,” he said.
Meanwhile, MTN Ghana has confirmed that it has received overwhelming response following the recent launch of Season II of the Heroes of Change CSR program. The company received over 1,000 nominations for the second season, a stark increase over Heroes of Change Season I’s 600 nominations.
Launched in April 2015, Heroes of Change Season II programmed a three-month window for submission of entries. 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 submission, with 850 entries. After the submission deadline of June 16 2015, entries were screened and pruned down to an initial short list of 100 entries.
The shortlist will be pruned further to 30, following which a team will visit each of the project sites to verify submissions.
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 GHC100,000. There will be category winners for Education, Health and Economic Empowerment, each of whom will receive GHC 20,000, and seven additional prizes of GHC 5,000 each.
Mr. Robert Kuzoe, said the Foundation is excited about the level of participation this year. He said, “Season I of the challenge lived up to its mark and there is no doubt that Season II will make even greater impact.”
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.