Burgan Bank restated its commitment towards its annual corporate social responsibility initiative by successfully hosting the 10th Annual Al Mass Awards on December 4, 2011 at the Salwa Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah hall. The event, which was patronized under Sheikha Sheikha Al Abdullah Al Khalifa Al Sabah, honored the outstanding achievements of participating special needs patients as well as organizations that have demonstrated exceptional commitment in providing the necessary support for special needs.
Nine outstanding individuals were presented awards in three categories - the Blue diamond award for those with a cognitive or mental disability; the Yellow diamond award for those with physical disabilities; and the White diamond award, for those with a sensory disability. Furthermore, two organizations were also commended for their work in supporting special needs throughout their daily activities.
The names of the winners were announced through a special documentary feature, where the achievement of each of the winner was highlighted. Special thanks and gratitude was given to all those who have been working behind the scenes that have helped those with special needs achieve their goals. Each of the winners received a beneficiary fund from Burgan Bank, deposited in their own special account at the Bank.
The winners of the yellow diamond award included Ms. Ayah Meshal Thuwaini Al Shimary, Ms. Kholoud Hasan Al Mutairy, and Ms. Ahlam Hasan Al Mutairy. The winners of the white diamond award included Ms. Basma Mesa’ed Al Saeed, Ms. Afaf Ali Al Muhry and Mr. Hasan Mekdad Abdulkader Al Bahdahi. The blue diamond award also included Mr. Meshari Osama Jassim Abul, Mr. Homoud AbdulRahman Al Shimary and Mr. Mohammed Sami Al Haji. In this year’s event, two organizations were also honored for their outstanding work. These include Al Amal Voluntary Electronic Newspaper and Kuwait's Society for Handicapped Parents.
Mr. Majed Essa Al Ajeel, Burgan Bank’s Chairman said: “We are honored to celebrate this year’s 10th annual Al Mass Awards. The Al Mass Awards in its official launch proved to be a success in honoring gifted special needs. Burgan Bank’s management has then taken the decision to utilize the Al Mass Awards as a solid platform to create an annual event that is exclusively dedicated to recognizing and honoring special needs talents and creative work.”
“Burgan Bank’s overall approach to CSR begins with a key element; that, as a Kuwaiti company, its brand name, values, and work ethics should be on par with the necessities of the Kuwaiti society and with those of the people who rely on the bank. That is why the bank has consistently invested in the enhancement of the Al Mass Awards, adding a range of programs that contribute to the sustainable development of special needs on the long run,” added Al Ajeel.
The evening echoed Burgan Bank’s commitment to integrate those with special needs into the mainstream community and restore their sense of belonging by recognizing their fortitude to surmount obstacles, the purity of their determination, and the brilliance of their endeavors.
A decade of commitment towards the development of special needs has been Burgan Bank’s pledge to this very day. The Al Mass Awards, which began as a simple idea to reward special needs individuals as well as organizations that support children and people with special needs ten years ago, has gained increasing popularity and national admiration over the past decade.