Fundación MAPFRE has announced its 2015 Awards. The objective of these international prizes is to recognize people and institutions who have made outstanding contributions for the benefit of society in different fields relating to research, health, road safety and social action. The José Manuel Martínez Martínez Lifetime Achievement Award has been given to H.R.H. Queen Sofía.
The prize money for each of these awards is 30,000 euros and they will be presented on Monday, June 6, at a ceremony chaired by Her Majesty Queen Sofía to be held at the Casino in Madrid. There were over 400 candidates from Europe, the United States and Latin America for this year's edition.
Fundación MAPFRE awarded the José Manuel Martínez Martínez Lifetime Achievement Award to H.R.H. Queen Sofía in recognition of her "significant personal merits and exemplary activity at the service of the Spanish people."
The jury for this award, comprising such personalities as Plácido Domingo, took into consideration "the interest shown by the Queen in helping those who are most vulnerable and most disadvantaged". They also valued her "passion for children", her "rejection of violence" and her "ongoing desire to be useful and of service" through the humanitarian work and assistance she has undertaken over the last 54 years by presiding over numerous institutions linked with social welfare and justice.
Likewise, the Award for the Best Social Action Initiative has been given to the "Humanitarian assistance and protection program for Syrian refugees" of the Foundation for the Social Promotion of Culture.
The Foundation for the Social Promotion of Culture, the only Spanish NGO with a presence in the Za’atari refugee camp (Jordan), has rehabilitated more than 2,000 people with disabilities since 2013, especially children with cerebral palsy, thanks to the installation of a physiotherapy clinic.
In addition, the Award for the Best Health Promotion Initiative was granted to the project "NO Anemia. Fighting anemia in Central Sierra, Peru". Launched five years ago, the project has enabled nearly 7,800 children between 6 months and 3 years old to overcome this condition which affects 7 out of 10 children in the country's rural areas, and causes severe physical and mental disorders during growth.
The Award for the Best Accident Prevention and Road Safety Initiative is for the project "Let us not forget the serious victims of traffic accidents" project by the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR).
Since 1991, this institution, with headquarters in Luxembourg, has been actively working to prevent traffic accident injuries and to help the victims, providing them with free emotional and legal assistance, and defending the importance of suitable rehabilitation at all times.
Finally, the International Julio Castelo Matrán Insurance Award is for the Ohio Insurance Institute (USA). This institution, with headquarters in Columbus, Ohio (USA), is a business association comprising more than 40 international insurance and reinsurance companies.
This award was given to this North American institution as a result of its launch of the www.insurancecareers.org website, which since 2012 has been publishing all the professional opportunities offered by the insurance industry and promoting employment in the insurance field, mainly among students, military veterans and professionals looking for a change in career direction.