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Mohamed El Amrani, Prince of Girona Foundation Social Award 2014

The Prince of Girona Foundation Awards will be presented in June during the IMPULSA Forum, which will be presided over by Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Asturias and of Girona

08/04/2014

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The Prince of Girona Foundation (FPdGi) has today announced the winner of its 2014 Social Award, which recognises young people who have used their personal leadership skills to promote projects that foster the integration of marginalised groups or those at risk of exclusion, whether through social entities or businesses.

The jury, formed of Jordi Gutiérrez Roldán, member of the FPdGi Advisory Council; Sebastián Mora Rosado, General Secretary of Caritas Spain; Joan Antoni Melé, Sub-Director General of Triodos Bank; María Entrecanales, Chairwoman of the Balia Foundation (winner of the 2011 FPdGi Organisation Award) and Edgar Vinyals, winner of the 2012 FPdGi Social Award, have decided to present this year’s award to Mohamed El Amrani for his exemplary character, his attitude of positive communication, his inclusive nature, his community work and his capacity to find small solutions to large problems.

Mohamed El Amrani (Morocco, 1992) is the creator of the Associació Xarxa de Convivència de Roses (Roses Coexistence Association Network), thanks to which this year the European University of Madrid and the International Youth Foundation presented him with the National Young Social Entrepreneur Award. The Xarxa de Convivència is aimed at young people at risk of social exclusion or who come from dysfunctional families, above all immigrants with integration problems and, in general, anyone who supports the idea of a cohesive society. Mohamed also collaborates with different media. He has written articles for the weekly newspaper Empordà, been a presenter-reporter for Empordà Television (creating informative youth programmes to encourage active participation) and written for the magazines Secundèria and L'Hiperbòlic. Currently, Mohamed is a presenter on Spanish National Radio 4, on a programme that aims specifically to discover young people leading social initiatives in Catalonia.

Dialogue between Josep Roca and Josep Cuní about “People’s social responsibility”

The award announcement was made this morning at the headquarters of the Oscobe Foundation - Els Ocells Perduts, located in Girona. This was followed by a dialogue entitled “People’s social responsibility” with Josep Roca (sommelier at El Celler de Can Roca) and Josep Cuní (journalist). Roca explained that “success is an opportunity to be a spokesperson for social responsibility”, and that “one way to achieve success is to give something back to society, which is not possible without hospitality and generosity”. Cuní, in turn, reminded us that “life doesn't give us anything for free, so we must fight for what we want” and he highlighted that “anything that is positive for tomorrow, we have to do today.”

The Prince of Girona Foundation Awards 2014

With the aim of fostering activity and effort, the Prince of Girona Foundation Awards promote research and creativity, solidarity and the development of talent in restless young people, in order to build a more just world in a globalised setting.

The Prince of Girona Foundation Awards consist of four individual prizes for people aged between 16 and 35 years and one award for an organisation:

  • Prince of Girona Foundation Arts and Literature Award: Recognises talented young people involved in promising work in any discipline of the arts and literature, and which serves as inspiration for other young people.
  • Prince of Girona Foundation Social Award: Recognises young people who have used their personal leadership skills to promote projects that foster the integration of marginalised groups or those at risk of exclusion, whether through social entities or businesses.
  • Prince of Girona Foundation Scientific Research Award: Recognises young people with outstanding research projects or experiences, including those working in human and social sciences, which show strong potential for future development.
  • Prince of Girona Foundation Business Award: Recognises young people who show entrepreneurial initiative in the execution of an original and viable business project.
  • Prince of Girona Foundation Organisation Award: Recognises the outstanding work of an entrepreneurial organisation that works for young people.

 

In this fifth edition, a total of 180 nominations for the Prince of Girona Foundation Awards have been received, of which 23 were in the Social category.

The winners of previous editions of the Social award category were: Ruth Ruiz (2010), for her participation in the Discotheque project led by the Ludalia Foundation, for people with intellectual disability; Pere Barri (2011), for his social commitment to a pioneering medical initiative in Spain based on a surgical programme to repair genital mutilation; Edgar Vinyals (2012), for founding the Inclusive Leisure Association Saräu, which defends the rights of people with disabilities and mental health problems; and Felipe Campos (2013), for his personal commitment and his fight for equal opportunities for the most disadvantaged groups.

With a prize of €10,000 and a reproduction of a sculpture by Juan Muñoz, the Prince of Girona Foundation Awards are presented during the IMPULSA Forum, which is being held in Girona in June and will be presided over by Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Asturias and of Girona.

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