15 March, ISKANDAR MALAYSIA – The nominations for the Iskandar Malaysia Social Hero Awards (IMSHA) 2018 were officially opened after its launch at Iskandar Regional Development Authority’s office, today.
Now in its fifth year, the IMSHA2018 awards aim to identify, recognise and celebrate individuals, organisations and social movements which have made significant contributions to society through impactful and meaningful community services.
Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, Chief Executive of Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) said that Iskandar Malaysia is now in its third development phase which focuses on ‘Sustainability and Innovation’. Being innovative through IMSHA means that the agenda of social inclusiveness in Iskandar Malaysia was further enriched in many different ways.
“IMSHA is one of the efforts to encourage the community to get involved in social causes passionately. There is a growing interest amongst the public and community to participate and contribute in the social agenda of the region. This is truly what social inclusion is all about, getting all groups of people within a society to feel relevant, participative, valued and important,” said Datuk Ismail.
For the past four years, IMSHA has received 869 nominations in total. Undoubtedly, IMSHA is now regarded as the premier community service award in the Iskandar Malaysia region to celebrate the ‘unsung heroes’ of the social sector for their inspirational work. The awards are also intended to raise awareness on the need for all to share the responsibility of working towards a more inclusive, compassionate and effective society.
In conjunction with the fifth year of IMSHA, the IMSHA Social Heroes Website and Heroes Series Coffee Table Book will be launched later this year. The website and book will help to capture the inspirational stories of the heroes and create greater awareness. It will also serve as a directory for others to work hand in hand with the IMSHA Heroes.
Members of the public may nominate suitable candidates for one or more of the 11 categories, which span a range of social service disciplines. The nominations can be made online through The Iskandarian’s website www.theiskandarian.com/web/ nomination tab or be redirected via Facebook at www.facebook.com/socialheroawards. Nominations close at midnight on 30th June 2018.
The nominations will be analysed and rated against a ‘Social Impact Rating’ system by Frost and Sullivan, an independent technical committee. The results will be vetted for a final time by The IMSHA Leadership Council made up of prominent local citizens.
The winners will be announced at the IMSHA 2018 Awards Night Gala Banquet later this year.