“V Awards is a project initiated by the National Steering Committee on Volunteering in collaboration with United Nations Volunteers and News 1st as 2011 marked the 10th anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers [IYV+10]. The concept behind the project is to recognise individuals who make extraordinary and selfless contributions to society at large and reward the most outstanding volunteer at a national level. All nominees must be citizens of Sri Lanka. The nominations are carried out through an application process where a non-related third party recommends an outstanding volunteer and his/her initiative. The nominated volunteer should be an individual engaging out of free will in a cause, not providing the services for monetary gains and working towards a positive difference in his/her local community or Sri Lanka at large.
For V Awards 2011, the V Awards secretariat had received over 450 applications from Sri Lankan citizens who had nominated individuals that they believed had significantly contributed to positive change in their communities. 15 finalists were selected out of which 6 were commended and 1 awarded the trophy as Volunteer of the Year 2011.
The second edition of V-Awards 2013 featured three awards; “Volunteer of the Year”, “Youth Volunteer of the Year” and a special award on “Volunteering for Water” to celebrate the International Year of Water Cooperation. Twelve volunteers were selected as finalists and their work was celebrated in a two hour live television event on the 6th of December 2013.
To continue this tradition of honoring inspiring acts of volunteerism, this year V-Awards returns for the 3rd time as a major component of the national advocacy campaign of the recently established programme by UNV and UNDP Sri Lanka to strengthen the resilience of communities toward disaster risk reduction and response, which seeks to reinforce the Sri Lanka Comprehensive Disaster Management Plan (SLCDMP). In this framework V-Awards will be a flagship event of this advocacy campaign and will include a Special Award on “Volunteering for Disaster Risk Reduction”.
Nominations for V-Awards 2015 are now open.