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Six inspiring local projects are one step closer to making their social impact on Malta

With the final event just around the corner, the Malta Social Impact Awards has announced which semi-finalists have made it through to the final round.


Organised by the Gasan Foundation and Inspirasia Foundation, the Malta Social Impact Awards is an initiative that aims to create opportunities for changemakers, while inspiring others to give and give well. By bringing business and philanthropy together, MSIA supports local projects that have a positive social impact on Malta and helps social purpose organisations grow into stronger entities.


To improve their effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability, all the shortlisted projects are mentored through to the final stage of the Awards. After three months of intensive mentoring by TAKEOFF – a business incubator based at the University of Malta, the 2018 MSIA semi-finalists pitched their project proposals to a panel of judges, who after careful consideration, have chosen six projects to go through to the final round. These finalists have now been paired with a CEO through VISTAGE – a leading Executive Coaching company – for further mentoring in preparation for the final event of the 2018 MSIA, which will take place on the 15th November. The finalists will pitch their projects to the panel of judges as well as the general audience, and the winners will be awarded a grant as well as further non-financial support from some of Malta’s leading businesses.


Over the previous two years, the Malta Social Impact Awards together with the support of local businesses and individuals, has given close to €250,000 in financial and non-financial support to 7 local projects. Since winning the Awards, these projects have already made a positive impact on Malta by changing the lives of over 1,000 individuals.


“Through initiatives like these, we are able to create a platform for businesses and philanthropists to see what social projects are out there, while giving opportunities for changemakers to be noticed and supported. We are always surprised by the passionate changemakers in Malta and we are excited to have some great social projects pitching at the final event this year,” Joseph Gasan, Founder of the Gasan Foundation.


The finalist projects all aim to have a significant impact on local social sectors such as the arts, sustainability and the environment, physical and mental health, education, as well as the well-being of children, the elderly and disadvantaged groups.


Financial grants for this year’s winners will be provided by both organising foundations – Inspirasia Foundation and the Gasan Foundation, as well as MeDirect, Sigma iGaming and REMAX. The sponsors for the non-financial support in the form of pro bono and mentoring services include Vistage, TAKEOFF, PwC, Firstbridge, WH Partners and ZAAR Crowdfunding. 100% of the entrance fee will be contributed to an Audience Participation Award, giving the general audience the opportunity to partake in the voting while also supporting these innovative projects. The Malta Social Impact Awards has also announced that this year’s event will see the launch of a new initiative:


“We are excited to be launching the Academy of Givers, which brings together people and foundations that are really making a difference by doing something good and supporting great initiatives,” Mark Weingard, Founder of Inspirasia Foundation.


For more information or if you are interested in supporting this exciting initiative, please contact the Malta Social Impact Awards on info@siamalta.org.


Tickets for the final event of the 2018 Malta Social Impact Awards can be purchased on
www.showshappening.com/Inspirasia-Foundation-Malta/MSIA.


The 2018 Malta Social Impact Awards Finalists:


Project Użu – Submitted by #Zibel


The aim of this project is to change the way people consume water whilst sustaining the NGO’s activities. Project Użu is aimed at reducing plastic bottle use by installing a network of water vending machines for reusable bottles. The profits from these machines will go towards funding the #Zibel NGO and its activities such as awareness, education, cleaning of Malta’s sea and other solutions. Water is the biggest generator of plastic bottle waste across the world. Buy water, clean the sea – a self-sustaining system to ensure #Zibel is able to deal with the incoming plastic waste from the sea for years to come and find more solutions to emerging issues.


Blooming Minds – Submitted by BirdLife Malta (in partnership with Richmond Foundation)


BirdLife Malta, in collaboration with Richmond Foundation, will develop and implement an inclusive ecotherapy programme of outdoor sessions in nature that enhances mental well-being and environmental values. Blooming Minds will create opportunities for people to spend time in nature, enjoy its therapeutic effect and improve their mental health.


Allura – an Open Studios Residency Programme – Submitted by Allura- Malta Open Art Studios


Allura’s award-winning artist residency programme will open up the studios of talented artists and graduates, sharing inspiring creative practice and educational experiences to widely impact school children, the local community and disadvantaged groups. Allura provides a holistic solution to a range of cultural issues, by placing the live creative process at the heart of the visitor experience.


Growing Generations Together – Submitted by Ċentru Tbexbix


Growing Generations Together is an intergenerational community project at Ċentru Tbexbix providing educational and social activities to children, young people and the elderly in Cottonera. The project aims to help people across generations rise to their full potential, live a better life and, as a community, walk together with their heads held high.


R.U.S.H: Renal Unit Support Health Hub – Submitted by Lifecycle Malta


Through the R.U.S.H project, LifeCycle Malta Foundation aims to implement a holistic, comprehensive support system for local renal patients. The project will make use of various revenue streams, such as cultural trips, trekking events, the annual Lifecycle Challenge, fitness sessions, awareness days, and nutrition lectures for the funding of a freely available network of professional support. Support will be offered from both a psychological and physical perspective and will be made freely available to all renal patients.


Step Up for Parkinson’s – Submitted by Step Up for Parkinson’s


Step up for Parkinson’s is a voluntary organisation that offers free specialised movement classes for people with Parkinson’s disease (PWPs) and their caregivers/partners. International research programmes – particularly over the last decade – have indicated that PWPs’ symptoms benefit greatly from regular dance classes. A pilot project with eight patients in 2016 showed the beneficial nature of such classes and this has been followed up with a greatly enlarged service across Malta. The project now aims to generate definitive clinical evidence regarding the benefits of dance classes for PWPs and their caretakers, increase the number of participants that can benefit from regular, semi-weekly sessions and create a sustainable entity.


The Organisers of the Malta Social Impact Awards:


Inspirasia Foundation


Inspirasia Foundation is a grant-making foundation dedicated to funding and supporting exceptional projects in health and education for marginalized communities and persons with disabilities. The Foundation aims to give strategically by working with grantees to be more effective and efficient, leading to more impact and long-term sustainable growth. By sharing the best practices, knowledge and expertise, the Foundation also aims to inspire others to give and to give well.
www.inspirasia.org


The Gasan Foundation


The Gasan Foundation aims to provide financial and non-financial support mainly to existing non-profit organisations to assist them with their charitable activities. Through its ongoing philanthropic efforts, the Foundation endeavours to offer any necessary support to social purpose organisations and individuals to help them change lives and to be able to have more impact and long-term sustainable growth on more specific areas of social need.


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