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Young people from across the Czech Republic received CZK 2.6 million from the Vodafone Czech Republic Foundation

25. August 2011

The Vodafone Czech Republic Foundation distributed more than CZK 2.6 million to among thirty-one nonprofit projects led by young people up to thirty years of age. The number of entries confirms that young people are far from indifferent to their surroundings and community. In total, the grant program this year enrolled 144 ‘Vpohybu’ groups and youth NGOs. During the last six years the Vodafone Foundation has awarded the program grants totaling more than CZK 40 million.

The Vodafone Czech Republic Foundation distributed more than CZK 2.6 million to among thirty-one nonprofit projects led by young people up to thirty years of age. The number of entries confirms that young people are far from indifferent to their surroundings and community. In total, the grant program this year enrolled 144 ‘Vpohybu’ groups and youth NGOs. During the last six years the Vodafone Foundation has awarded the program grants totaling more than CZK 40 million.

"The quality of applications and their number is increasing every year. We do not endorse the view that young people are not interested in anything and spend their leisure time on the Internet. The projects prove that the young feel a responsibility towards their surroundings and need to revitalize the communities in which they live, and have a desire to solve burning issues," says the director of The Vodafone Foundation, Ondřej Zapletal.

The most successful applicants haled from Prague, Southern Moravia and the Moravo-Silesian regions; the least grants (one per region) were obtained by applicants from the Ústi, Olomouc, Karlovy Vary and Plzeň regions.

The Vodafone Foundation’s Vpohybu program supported, for example:

Handicap dancing

Among the most original projects supported under the Vpohybu program is the Prague VerTeDance dance group that is preparing to rehearse a dance performance of healthy and disabled dancers, including wheelchair users, which will be presented during Archa Theater tours.

New Regional Museum

The Vodafone Foundation jury highly evaluated the project from the Propolis Association, which wants to revive awareness in local history and nature in Chříč on the border between the Central and the Plzeň Regions. Young people from Propolis plan to establish a local museum there in the village with self-help, and organize various cultural events for their neighbors and the general public.

Concerts to benefit dogs and cats

The Polish Youth Association in the Czech Republic will, thanks to a grant from the Vodafone Foundation, hold benefit concerts in Těšín a Karvina, the proceeds of which will go to purchase food and other necessary equipment for shelters for abandoned animals in the region.

Rugby players in wheelchairs hold a tournament

The Vpohybu Grant will also support the newly formed wheelchair rugby team in Brno in September in order to organize the league tournament. The money will be used for barrier-free accommodation for their opponents.

Young people aged under 26 or nonprofit organizations with management by people under 30 may apply for Vpohybu grants. The main objective of the program is to involve young people in community development, encouraging their creativity and communication and organizational skills. Their developed projects have focused on some of the needs of the local community and on addressing its problems.