Winners of the King Khaled Awards to be announced December 6

Published December 1st, 2009 - 11:00 GMT

The legacy of the late King Khaled lives on through the KKA charitable awards.

Riyadh, 26 November 2009: The King Khaled Foundation has announced today that the winners of the King Khaled Awards would be announced on December 6 after the selection committee meets for its final decision making session. The committee is chaired by HRH Prince Faisal Bin Khaled Bin Abdelaziz, Governor of the Aseer Region and The President of the Awards Committee.

Once the winners are selected, a press conference will be held at the Intercontinental Riyadh Hotel, where HRH Prince Faisal will announce the names of the winners of this year’s awards. The award ceremony will be held in December 2009, under the patronage of HRH Prince Nayef Bin Abdelaziz.

The Awards are named after the late King Khaled, as they embody the same Islamic, Arab and humanitarian values that the late Saudi monarch believed in.

Prince Faisal Bin Khaled, the son of the late King, says that he and both the awards committee and its board of trustees are very keen on honoring those who make a real difference to their country and people through public service.

“Our country’s leadership continuously makes huge efforts and provides unlimited support to charity work, which is why I would like to sincerely thank The Custodian of The Holy Mosques, The Crown Prince and Second Deputy Prime Minister for their support of this award,” he said. 

Dr. Rashoud Bin Mohammad Al Kharif – Secretary General of the KKA, said that the award reflected the noble qualities that distinguished the late king.

“He was known for deep affection for his people and country, and a huge concern for their welfare.”

He continued: “This award seeks to continue this same vision, to spread charity, social work, support research and studies which help in developing the society.” 

The creation of the KKAs was approved in 2004 by the King Khaled Foundation Board of Trustees which, in 2007, agreed that the award be subdivided into four sections. This was followed with an official launch and announcement in 2008.
The four categories are: the best national achievement prize to encourage efforts of individuals and organizations; best scientific research in social sciences; the best social project that provides services to society; and responsible competitiveness, which honors private institutions that have best complied with social responsibility standards. This division of the awards will be delivered in cooperation with SAGIA.
Winners receive an honorary certificate, a medallion, a souvenir shield and a financial prize: 1 million Saudi Riyals for the National Achievement category, 750,000 SR for the social project category and a further 750,000 SR for the scientific research in social sciences.

The Responsible Competitiveness award however is an honorary one and is presented to three private sector companies which have offered distinguished services to society.  

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