UNV Sri Lanka, News 1st and the Ministry of Social Services in collaboration with the National Steering Committee on Volunteering and the National Volunteer Secretariat, hosted V Awards 2013 (Volunteer Awards) at Stein Studios, Ratmalana on 6th of December 2013. The Grand Finale was filled with entertainment, including prominent artists who raised their voices to honour these volunteers.
V Awards 2013 was endorsed by international cricket stars Mr. Kumar Sangakkara and Mr. Mahela Jayawardena, as well as celebrated artists Bathiya and Santhush. As a result of their unflinching support, V Awards received over 400 nominations featuring individuals that significantly contributed towards positive change in their communities. Out of these many inspiring volunteer nominations, 12 finalists were selected for their encouraging volunteer efforts that contributed to the peace and development of Sri Lanka. The Volunteer of the Year 2013, Mr. Ananda Guruge, who is hearing impaired, symbolizes that a life of dignity without being subjected to discrimination is possible.
Ms. Araliya Abeysekara, volunteering to raise awareness and empowering people with mental health and psychosocial difficulties, won the Youth Volunteer of the Year Award 2013.
A special award on Volunteering for Water, to mark 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation, was awarded to Mr. Nalaka Priyantha Kumara for initiating the provision of basic necessities to his townspeople.
The event was among the others graced by Hon. Minister for Social Services, Mr. Felix Perera, the UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka, Mr. Subinay Nandy, as well as the MTV Group Directors Ms. Nedra Weerasinghe and Mr. Chevaan Daniel. All highlighted the importance of volunteerism and encouraged everyone to support this voluntary constitution.
Last but not least, the V Awards 2013 Grand Finale would not have been such a great success if not for the tireless efforts put in by the V Force. Their volunteer spirits and youthful inspiration made again the difference and a major undertaking possible.
Photographs of the event available on the UNV Flickr page.
Finalists of V Awards 2013