The winners of The JCI Malta Awards were announced yesterday evening during the gala dinner held at Chateaux Buskett. A total of 44 nominees were running to win one of 15 awards during this year’s awards night.

For the first time ever, JCI Malta has combined the Friendly Business Awards and the Global Goals Awards under one mega awards night: The JCI Malta Awards. These awards aim to recognise youths between the ages of 18 and 40, and also small to medium business that through some project or initiative are helping towards reaching the Sustainable Development Goals.

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All guests attending the awards night, for the first time ever, participated in a voting session to award their favourite youth and their favourite business of the night with 2 People’s Choice Awards. These were selected from the winners of the main categories and where awarded to Bjorn Formosa, following his win of the Humanitarian Leadership Award within the Global Goals Category and WaterPoint Malta, following their win of the Eco-Friendliness Award within the Friendly Business Category.

2018 JCI Malta’s Vice President for Marketing and Memberships, Nicole Borg, who organised the event together with Immediate Past President Rachel Cassar, expressed how important it is for such projects to be recognised. “These people are all working very hard and a lot of them on a voluntary basis in order to better Malta and the world in some way shape or form. This award is a mere token of recognition for their work and hopefully serves as a drop of encouragement for them to keep on working on this positive change.”

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2018 JCI Malta National President, Jonathan Mifsud said that he hopes that these awards serve as a pure example to encourage other young people to also take up the initiative and become the change-makers that this world truly needs.

On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at a historic UN Summit — officially came into force. Over the next fifteen years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities, and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind. Junior Chamber International (JCI) has been recognising individuals from all over the world for their outstanding contribution towards the betterment of society

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through the Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) Awards programme. The JCI Malta Awards are an adaptation of this.

Below find the full list of winners:

AwardNominees
Impactful PoliticsJulia Farrugia Portelli
Impactful ReportingJurgen Balzan
Healthy Lifestyle and WellbeingNatalie Muschamp
SDG-Conscious Cultural AchievementJacqueline Grech
Scientific or Technological DevelopmentJonathan Galea
Environmental SustainabilityAmy Sargent
Quality EducationVanessa Vella
Contribution to Peace and Human RightsAndrew Sciberras
Humanitarian LeadershipBjorn Formosa
Entrepreneurial AccomplishmentSarah Woods
People’s Choice – Global Goals AwardsBjorn Formosa
The Eco-Friendliest BusinessWaterPoint Malta
Best Customer CareThe Deli
The Friendliest BusinessVECO
People’s Choice – Friendly BusinessWaterPoint Malta

This event is sponsored by: U.S. Embassy in Malta, Newsbook.com.mt, Farsons Foundation & Buddy Limited.