Her Royal Highness, Nnabagereka Sylvia Nagginda is to award the outstanding personalities and groups that strive to reach out to communities at the NSSF inaugural Torch Awards at Sheraton hotel this evening.
The Nnabagereka, who will be the guest of honor at the awards, has been central to giving back to society under her Nnabagereka Development Foundation with her main concern revolving around early childhood care and development, girl-child education, vocational training and employment for the youth, empowerment of women, health issues particularly regarding the prevention and cure of childhood diseases, nutrition, and sexual reproductive health including the prevention of HIV/AIDS.
The Torch Awards, which were launched in October 4, 2012, saw more than 120 applicants vying for the top awards in the categories; youth, education, health and the elderly. Each of the overall winners in the five categories walked away with more than Shs50 million during the Thursday ceremony.
According to the Fund’s Managing Director, Richard Byarugaba, “NSSF Torch Awards is an initiative under the fund’s corporate social responsibility programme that should enable the Fund to systematically implement its CSR agenda.” In a bid to ensure transparency in line with Fund’s renewed promise, a board of eminent people was selected to review and evaluate the participants.
The panel judges include Dr. Noerine Kaleeba, co- founder of the Aids Support Organization, former Daily Monitor Managing Editor, Mr. Daniel Kalinaki and Ms. Rosemary Ssenabulya, the executive director of Federation of Uganda Employees. Three winners that were picked from the top five selected participants will be awarded during the ceremony. For an individual or group to win the awards, they have to be not-for-profit, non- partisan, have an impact on a wide scale of our community and should be non- government.