Sanlam General Insurance Uganda has launched the Sanlam Uganda Community Service Awards in a bid to reward philanthropic citizens who are making a difference in their communities through different social initiatives.
The announcement was made Tuesday at a press conference held at the Sanlam General Insurance Uganda offices in Kampala and the Awards are part of the Sanlam Uganda Inspire Initiative, a new umbrella Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programme.
Speaking at the launch, Sanlam’s Board Director, Rose Lillian Lubwama said the insurance company has made CSR a business mandate with a conscious decision to be a virtuous corporate citizen.
“The new awards aim to recognize and reward CSR projects in Uganda by Rotary Uganda clubs that have had a great and sustained impact on society”.
Gary Corbit, CEO of Sanlam General Insurance Uganda said that, by design, the project is intended to provide financial backing to three of the most outstanding projects that support the communities in which Sanlam operates.
“The program is open to all Rotary Uganda clubs across the country to allow for clubs outside of the Central Business area in Kampala to be able to benefit,” he added.
“It gives us great fulfilment to see the level of impact many of these initiatives have on our nation. Equally, we are conscious of the fact that there are several other individuals and brands alike that are involved in a myriad of social causes for the benefit of needy communities in Uganda”.
“The top three project initiatives will receive service awards worth Shs 45 million. The top initiative will receive Shs 20 million and the second Shs 15 million, while the second runner up will take home Shs 10 million. We believe the award funds will go a long way in contributing to their project progress.”
The program is open to all Rotary Member clubs and individuals across the country to allow for clubs outside of the Central Business area in Kampala to be able to benefit. As part of the selection process, Sanlam will identify, assess, select and award the top Rotary Club projects as our partly contribution towards their respective causes.
At the same launch, the Rotary District D9211 Governor, Francis Xavier Sentamu lauded Sanlam for the initiative, noting that the service awards are a perfect fit for the work Rotary members and clubs do.
“When Sanlam approached us with the idea, we gladly welcomed the opportunity and we are eager for the project to start,” he said, commending the Rotarians for their service in the community.
“To the Rotarians, I believe in you and in your ability to deliver. While the judges may select top-three entries, it does not mean the rest of us are not impacting society. I strongly believe Sanlam came up with this concept because of the work you do. Therefore, I encourage you to participate in the competition for an opportunity to win the awards that will further enhance your service delivery in your communities,” he concluded.
Entries for the awards are now open and will close on 1 November 2019 at 12:00pm. As part of the selection process, Sanlam will identify, assess, select and award the top Rotary club projects as its contribution towards these clubs’ respective causes.
The top initiatives will be announced later in November 2019 and the winners will be awarded during their Club fellowships.