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The Vodafone Foundation announce the Grahame Maher Award

07. July 2011

The Vodafone Group Foundation today announced the Grahame Maher award, in order to memorialize one of the most active leaders of the company, who had long served as CEO of Vodafone in the Czech Republic. This award should support the global grant program "World of Difference", which aims to transfer know-how from the commercial to the nonprofit sector. The Grahame Maher award is open to any of the 1500 world-wide winners of the Vodafone Foundation's "World of Difference" program. The winner of this award will receive Ł100 000 to continue their engagement in a non-profit organization. "For Grahame, socially responsible activities at Vodafone were absolutely crucial, as evidenced by the fact that the establishment of the Vodafone Foundation was the very first activity after the Vodafone takeover of Oskar," says current director of the Vodafone Foundation, Ondřej Zapletal and continues: "Few people also know that Grahame launched the "World of Difference" grant program in New Zealand.

The Vodafone Group Foundation today announced the Grahame Maher award, in order to memorialize one of the most active leaders of the company, who had long served as CEO of Vodafone in the Czech Republic. This award should support the global grant program "World of Difference", which aims to transfer know-how from the commercial to the nonprofit sector.

The Grahame Maher award is open to any of the 1500 world-wide winners of the Vodafone Foundation's "World of Difference" program. The winner of this award will receive Ł100 000 to continue their engagement in a non-profit organization.

"For Grahame, socially responsible activities at Vodafone were absolutely crucial, as evidenced by the fact that the establishment of the Vodafone Foundation was the very first activity after the Vodafone takeover of Oskar," says current director of the Vodafone Foundation, Ondřej Zapletal and continues: "Few people also know that Grahame launched the "World of Difference" grant program in New Zealand."

The "World of Difference" grant program, the flagship of the Vodafone Foundation around the world, aims to personally strengthen the long-term non-profit sector. Every year, it gives the possibility to six professionals from the commercial sector to spend a year working for the nonprofit organization of their choice for the same salary, to which they were accustomed during their involvement in business. More than ten candidates can work in a nonprofit for several months.

More information about the Grahame Maher Award can be found at: http://www.grahamemaheraward.com/?region=cz

From 2006 to 2008, Grahame Maher was CEO of Vodafone Czech Republic. His engagement in the Czech Republic was preceded by one at Vodafone Sweden where, together with the leadership, he worked hard to change its position in a highly competitive market. Before that, he held CEO positions at Vodafone New Zealand and Australia. Grahame was an ardent supporter of the Vodafone brand and its commercial approach to corporate responsibility.

About the Vodafone Foundation:

The Vodafone Foundation is the 3rd largest corporate foundation in the country. It has been on the market since 2005 and focuses primarily on developing the nonprofit sector in our country, supporting the activities of young people and the socially beneficial use of communications technology. The grant program, "World of Difference" seeks to transfer know-how from the commercial to the nonprofit sector. The Foundation is funded by Vodafone CR and the Vodafone Group Foundation, which develops Vodafone Group's socially responsible activities worldwide. In 2006, the Vodafone Group was evaluated as the most socially responsible company in the world and, in 2010, Vodafone Czech Republic won 1st prize in the CSR Award in the category of "Large Company" and also first place in the category "Most Responsible Large Company" and "Top Philanthropist 2010" in the wide competition. Since its inception, the Vodafone Czech Republic Foundation distributed more than 85 million crowns to the nonprofit sector. More at www.nadacevodafone.cz