Business News of Tuesday, 14 November 2017
Following the launch of Season IV of MTN Heroes of Change, the MTN Ghana Foundation has announced that nominations are still opened for entry till 17th November 2017.
The Foundation is inviting members of the general public to identify individuals in their communities who have done exceptionally well for others and nominate them to be honored as a Hero of Change. Prospective participants are required to fill their nomination forms at www.mtn.com.gh or pick a form at any MTN service centre nationwide before 17th November 2017. Alternatively nominations can be filed via WhatsApp number 055-422-2222.
This year’s edition will also see the addition of a special category which will reward two personalities for their contribution to their society through their efforts/works. The special categories will include journalists, radio and television presenters, musicians, actors and sports personalities. The winners in this category will each receive a plaque, a certificate and monetary award which will be invested in any CSR project of their choice.
After the collection of entries on 17th of November 2017, the projects submitted will be shortlisted by a panel of judges. After which a team will be dispatched into the communities to verify the projects. The work of the 10 shortlisted finalists will be broadcast as part of a 13-week TV series.
Selected winners for the categories of health, education and economic empowerment will be recognized and given GH?30,000 each to expand their projects and impact more people in their communities. The grand award of GH?100,000 will be given to the finalist who will emerge as the 2017 MTN Hero of Change.
Commenting on Heroes of Change Season III, the Acting Corporate Services Executive of MTN, Mr. Samuel Koranteng said “MTN Ghana Foundation launched the Heroes of Change to reward ordinary people who make personal sacrifices for the good of their community. Through this initiative, we also want to motivate and encourage others to do same”
“We are therefore urging Ghanaians to nominate outstanding members from their communities to be part of the Heroes of Change before nomination closes on 17th November 2017,” he added.
MTN Heroes of Change was first launched in July 2013 with the aim of identifying and recognizing selfless people who continue to sacrifice their time and resources to improve their communities and brighten lives. Dr. Abrokwa-Yenkyera, a plastic surgeon and Founder of Grafts Foundation, emerged the ultimate winner for the maiden edition of MTN Heroes of Change in 2014. Madam Paulina Opei, founder of the Save Our Lives Orphanage, emerged the Hero of Change for Season II while Madam Genevieve Basigha won the ultimate Hero of Change for Season III.
Since its inception, MTN Heroes of Change has won several awards. The project was adjudged 2016 IPR Best Community Relations Programme of the Year and CSR Program of the Year 2015 by the Head of State Awards (HoSA) Scheme.