Lights, camera, action! MSIA’s 5th edition will be aired on national TV on the 27th March 2021 at 8.50 pm on TVM. All Malta is invited to watch and vote!
For the first time ever, the Malta Social Impact Awards (MSIA) will be aired on national television as an exciting competition-based reality show that gives you and all of Malta the chance to be part of the impact from the comfort and safety of your own home! MSIA brings businesses and philanthropists together to support local initiatives that have a positive social impact on Malta. Presented by Xandru Grech, MSIA’s exciting programme for the evening will feature the five finalists’ pitches, which include their inspirational stories, their impact and how they will change lives with the funds they win. These will be presented to the MSIA judges: Mark Weingard, Joseph Gasan, Nathan Farrugia, Dr Olga Finkel and Jesper Svensson, while Dr Lydia Abela will present the awards to the winners on the night.
A total of €94,000 in funding, as well as additional non-financial support, will be awarded to the winners to develop their sustainable initiative. The sponsors of the financial prizes are Inspirasia Foundation, Gasan Foundation, Iniala, Betsson Group, Brown’s Pharmacy and Sigma Foundation. The judges will choose the 1st place winners while the audience will vote for the 2nd and 3rd place winners from the remaining initiatives via SMS on the night. Tune in on the 27th March to see which initiative captures your heart and cast your vote! The show can also be replayed through the MSIA Facebook Page and voting closes at noon on Sunday the 28th March. Remember that your vote matters: which one will you choose?
The MSIA 5th Edition finalists are:
Adopt a Grandparent (by Missio and Newsbook)
Charity Shops for the Community (by Inspire Foundation)
Interpreter Unit (by Tama)
Project Stop (by Cross Cultural International Foundation)
Thrive Education and Wellness Farm (by THRIVE)
Over the years, MSIA has awarded over €320,000 in grants to 13 organisations and over €100,000 in non-financial support and pro-bono services to over 50 participants who have been part of the mentoring programme with TAKEOFF Business Incubator at the University of Malta and Vistage. These initiatives have had an impact on the lives of thousands of individuals in Malta, from children to the elderly, migrants and disadvantaged groups, as well as people suffering from mental or physical health issues. Last year, ten social initiatives went through a mentoring and support phase and in February 2021, the MSIA judges selected five finalists.
“We believe in investing in initiatives that will have a lasting, positive impact on the local community and can bring transformational change to our society. By supporting platforms such as the ‘Malta Social Impact Awards’, we are glad we can contribute to making a difference for the community we are part of. Supporting changemakers and social entrepreneurs is not only a good deed, it’s an investment in the wellbeing of future generations and I hope we will inspire other businesses to join this initiative”-
Dr Olga Finkel, MSIA Judge and Co-Managing Partner of WH Partners.
For more information on the Malta Social Impact Awards, send an email to email@example.com, visit the MSIA website or follow the MSIA Facebook page for regular updates.
MSIA 5th EDITION FINALISTS
Adopt a Grandparent by Missio Malta and Newsbook
Adopt a Grandparent is an initiative aimed at pairing senior citizens within our community with caring individuals who touch base regularly to help the elderly feel loved and help combat loneliness and solitude.
Charity Shops for the Community by Inspire
This initiative seeks to work on its sustainability by professionally organising its retail operations and expanding INSPIRE Charity Shops around the island and creating a more dignified way of shopping to help people at risk of poverty who may not be able to buy essential items such as clothing, books, and household items from mainstream shops.
Interpreter Unit by TAMA
The aim of the Interpreter Unit is to reform the current system addressing issues related to the availability of trained interpreters in Malta, by having a responsive, professional, and organised response team to combat migrants being isolated from the community and ensure all migrants have access to services and benefits. https://www.facebook.com/tama.malta.ngo
Project Stop by Cross Cultural International Foundation
‘Project Stop’ aims to reach out and empower vulnerable groups in our community on the dangers of human trafficking, as well as equipping them to detect it and to stay safe while following their aspirations and dreams.
Thrive Education and Wellness Farm by Thrive
This wellness gardening programme is aimed at improving mental and physical health – whilst enjoying nature and its therapeutic benefits. It aims to create an environment where individuals feel supported to connect to themselves, each other, and nature.