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The Vodafone Foundation announces the winners of the third annual World of Difference program

01. December 2010

The third year of the 'World of Difference' program has six winners who will spend 2011 working for a nonprofit organization which will implement their own projects. The salary, to which they were accustomed in the commercial sphere, will be paid by the Vodafone Foundation. "We decided this year to support a total of six candidates, the most in the history of the 'World of Difference' program. The decision was really difficult because all of the applications were of very high quality and were very well thought out, what they wanted to dedicate themselves to in the nonprofit organization and how to support it," says Inga Kaškelyte, Director of the Vodafone Foundation. Tereza Hrušková will use her experience from the PR world for LATA, a nonprofit organization that focuses on helping teens with family problems in school and with peer groups.

The third year of the 'World of Difference' program has six winners who will spend 2011 working for a nonprofit organization which will implement their own projects. The salary, to which they were accustomed in the commercial sphere, will be paid by the Vodafone Foundation.

"We decided this year to support a total of six candidates, the most in the history of the 'World of Difference' program. The decision was really difficult because all of the applications were of very high quality and were very well thought out, what they wanted to dedicate themselves to in the nonprofit organization and how to support it," says Inga Kaškelyte, Director of the Vodafone Foundation.

Tereza Hrušková will use her experience from the PR world for LATA, a nonprofit organization that focuses on helping teens with family problems in school and with peer groups. Tereza will use her communication expertise to support the Caffé LATA project - specialty coffees, offered to partner cafes, part of the proceeds from which will go to support LATA's other activities.

Simona Votyová works as a journalist and reporter. She will provide her knowledge of how to make oneself known to the Association helping people with autism. Its main purpose is to enhance the awareness of the general public toward autism, including through charitable events.

Martin Klicnar has a rich career as a project manager. Within the 'World of Difference' program he will connect with the Brno Partnership Foundation and will participate in the construction of an ecological center, which will be used for educational purposes and as a background non-profit organizations.

Jan Rybář works as a professional journalist and foreign correspondent. For his 'World of Difference', he will work in media for the nonprofit sector, namely Ekolist.cz. His aim is to help Ekolist.cz promote environmental issues so they could address a broader range of readers and entrench themselves in the media market.

Eva Bělinová will participate in the project, New School, which should create facilities for children who cannot learn at home, need tutoring or help with their selection of high school. Her aim is to prepare for New School a mid-term strategy to create a package of services and a professional team, as well as build a fundraising plan.

Arnošt Marks wants to capitalize on his extensive managerial experience by working for the charitable organization, People in Need. He wants to pursue the topic of socially disadvantaged, especially Roma children. He will actively promote the education of these children in ordinary primary schools, so that they may compete better later in the labor market, and also help the organization to plan strategically for the benefit and support of underprivileged children resources from the European Union and establish partnerships with public administration in the Czech Republic.

Tereza Hrušková won thanks to public voting on the Internet, where she received more than three thousand votes. The remaining five winners were selected on the basis of their projects and personal interviews by a professional panel comprised of Vodafone Foundation Director, Inga Kaškelyte, Vodafone Vice-president, Katarína Brončeková, Vodafone’s Senior Manager for Brand and Communication, Filip Hrubý, Editor-in-Chief of the weekly, Respekt, Erik Tabery, independent nonprofit consultant, Helena Ackerman and last year’s ‘World of Difference’ winner, Aleš Jeník.

The winners are waiting to sign the contract and settle some administrative formalities and will begin work in January on their annual projects for nonprofit organizations.

The Vodafone Foundation offers them the chance to apply their know-how in the nonprofit sector and use their expertise to work for a good cause, as well as to those, who for various reasons are unable or unwilling to interrupt their careers for the whole year. This year, for the first time, the project can be for shorter commitments, running in length from one to three months. You may apply at any time during the year; all information and particulars can be found at: http://www.rokjinak.cz/cs/jak-prihlasit-projekt.shtml

The Czech ‘World of Difference’ program is a variety of the flagship program administered by the network of Vodafone Foundations around the world. This program gives the opportunity for experts from the commercial or public sector to spend a year working for a nonprofit organization of their choice all over the world. Vodafone will pay them the annual salary, they are accustomed to in the commercial sector as well as the costs associated with work in the selected non-profit organization.

In the Czech Republic, 'World of Difference' has seen a total of nine participants in the last two years. Their stories, impressions and experiences are posted on the website: http://www.rokjinak.cz/cs/jsem-zvedavy/vyherci/index.shtml.