V Awards is a project initiated by the National Steering Committee on Volunteering in collaboration with 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.
To continue the tradition of honoring inspiring acts of volunteerism, we are bringing back V Awards for 2013. This year, V Awards will consist of the “Volunteer of the Year” Award, the “Youth Volunteer of the Year” Award and a Special Award on “Volunteering for Water”. Nominations are now open. Shine a light on someone who serves in silence!