In the land of selfies, it is refreshing to encounter people who are selfless: dedicating their time, money, and effort to make a difference in the lives of others.
The Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Award (BTCA) aims to recognize these selfless leaders who have taken up social causes that benefit the marginalized members of society. The BTCA is a recognition dedicated to the late Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, 1979 Nobel Prize Winner, and was known worldwide as “The Living Saint” because of her selfless humanitarian work and ideals. The search, which was launched in 1983, is the annual project of Junior Chamber International – Manila (JCI-Manila) and the Alfonso Yuchengco Foundation (AY Foundation).
The award-giving body aims to refocus public attention and bring recognition to those, who like Blessed Teresa, have dedicated a portion of their lives to serving the “poorest of the poor” and have served as an inspiration to those around them. The winner will receive a cash grant of One Million Pesos (Php 1,000,000.00), at least half of which will be donated to the winner’s charitable institution of choice.
Nominees are open to any living individual, regardless of age, gender, race, and religion, who has dedicated himself fully and selflessly to humanitarian work among underprivileged Filipinos for at least 25 years. In addition, nominees will be likened to the degree in which they follow the example of Blessed Teresa, both in integrity and in the simplicity of their lifestyle.
Organizers also aim to inspire others by recognizing the work selflessly done by everyday individuals. JCI-Manila BTCA Chairman for 2014 Marc Reyes says, “In today’s age where everyone’s focused on putting the spotlight on themselves, it’s refreshing to know individuals who work extra hard to improve the lives of others. We hope this could start an effect of inspiring others to do the same.”
The Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Award encourages anyone who may know an exemplary individual to nominate them by filling up their nomination form found on their Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/BTCAward). Only completed nomination forms shall be accepted. The full list of rules and regulations can be found at the back of the nomination form. Deadline of nominations is on July 15, 2014.