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The Vodafone Czech Republic Foundation announces the winners of the 2nd annual World of Difference program

02. December 2009

The Vodafone Czech Republic Foundation announced the winners of the second annual ‘World of Difference’ program, four experts from the commercial sector, who will be able to spend all of next year working for the non-profit sector. The Vodafone Foundation will pay their usual salary. The non-profits not only gain some much needed long-term help during tough times, but also expert know-how. Professional IT consultant, Aleš Jeník, will launch a donations portal, which will connect non-profits with potential donors; Marketing Director, Jana Švardalová, will open a training cafe for the disabled in Ostrava; Travel Agency Director, Tereza Vajtová, will dive into social entrepreneurship with the physically disabled from the Jedličkův Institute; and the well-known documentary filmmaker, Linda Jablonská, will create a network of documentary workshops for people with mental handicaps. “The goal of the World of Difference grant program, sponsored by the Vodafone Foundation in many countries where it operates, is the long-term cooperation between the commercial and non-profit sectors,” says Inga Kaškelyte, Director of the Vodafone Czech Republic Foundation and adds: “A large body of work is evident from last year’s winners.

The Vodafone Czech Republic Foundation announced the winners of the second annual ‘World of Difference’ program, four experts from the commercial sector, who will be able to spend all of next year working for the non-profit sector. The Vodafone Foundation will pay their usual salary. The non-profits not only gain some much needed long-term help during tough times, but also expert know-how.

Professional IT consultant, Aleš Jeník, will launch a donations portal, which will connect non-profits with potential donors; Marketing Director, Jana Švardalová, will open a training cafe for the disabled in Ostrava; Travel Agency Director, Tereza Vajtová, will dive into social entrepreneurship with the physically disabled from the Jedličkův Institute; and the well-known documentary filmmaker, Linda Jablonská, will create a network of documentary workshops for people with mental handicaps.

“The goal of the World of Difference grant program, sponsored by the Vodafone Foundation in many countries where it operates, is the long-term cooperation between the commercial and non-profit sectors,” says Inga Kaškelyte, Director of the Vodafone Czech Republic Foundation and adds: “A large body of work is evident from last year’s winners. They certainly fulfilled their undertakings and enriched the non-profit sector with their business experience. The non-profit sector, in return, enriched their lives. Some of them have decided to remain working for the non-profit of their choice.”

The quality of the applications has increased from round to round. In the second round, despite the financial crisis, there were 98 applicants, especially from the commercial sector, but also from the state sector. Many applicants work in the media, as well as in the top management of companies. This year, in addition to the panel of experts, the general public could also participate in the selection. From SMS votes on www.rokjinak.cz, travel agency director, Tereza Vajtová, won with her project on social entrepreneurship. The other winners were chosen by the professional panel based on their projects.

The Vodafone Foundation will pay all five winners up to CZK 60 000 per month and other expenses associated with effectively carrying out their new roles.

Who will experience the World of Difference this year?

Aleš Jeník – has worked as a consultant for information systems. The goal of his project is to develop a donor portal under the guidance of Nadace Via that will connect donors with non-profit organizations and will improve access to information about the non-profit sector. The essential feature of the portal will be the feedback provided by the non-profits as to how donations were spent.

Jana Švardalová – works as a marketing director. Together with the non profit organization, Angelis, she wants to spend her World of Difference year opening a training cafe in Ostrava, where those with disabilities and those without can meet. She wants to provide the handicapped with real work experience and best prepare them for the transition to working on the open labor market.

Linda Jablonská – famous documentary filmmaker (eg. Welcome to North Korea) promises to create a network of documentary workshops for the mentally-disabled, along with the civil organization, Inventura. The filming of short documentary films will happen ‘on the ground’ right in the cities and towns where these people live. She wants to enable the greater public to understand the world of the handicapped through their own original productions.

Tereza Vajtová – is the director of a travel agency; whose endeavor in a World of Difference is to establish and coordinate the activities of the Jedličkův Institute, whose goal is to create jobs for those who are physically or multiply-disabled, strengthen mutual integration and generate profit that will further aid the development of social services for the disabled. Tereza won the contest through public votes from Vodafone ‘Wild’ pre-paid cards.

You can find more information at: www.rokjinak.cz.