Citizen´s Choice confirms its prestige

2.10.2003 Uncategorized

Plzensky Prazdroj backs 14 projects voted for by people of the region

At the celebratory evening held on the
premises of the Pilsen brewery, representatives of Plzensky Prazdroj
handed over sponsorship grants amounting to five million crowns for
fourteen projects proposed by non-profit organisations, health and
cultural institutions and sporting associations as part of the Citizen´s
Choice program. The company’s partner in bringing this ambitious program
to fruition has from the beginning been the newspaper Plzensky denik.

For two months, the people of Pilsen were able to
access information in the Plzensky denik newspaper on those projects that
had been recommended by non-profit organisations, sporting associations
and health and cultural institutions and which had then passed through the
selection process of the Board of Representatives. The Board comprises the
representatives of local administrative bodies and important regional
institutions. Its task was to assemble a list of projects – this year
broken down into specific categories (education, culture, sport, health
and social care, environment) – and evaluate them according to the
stipulated criteria. The projects are intended in a creative way to
contribute to the prosperity of the town and region, to improve the
environment or to resolve pressing social problems. One of the conditions
of selection is that the projects supported should be implemented within
one year. Their progress during the course of that year will be monitored
by the partner media organisation.

Of the total of 53 projects proposed, the Board
of Representatives selected nineteen, which were presented to the public
on the pages of the Plzensky denik and subsequently submitted to citizens
for their vote.

In the middle of September, a special supplement
of the Plzensky denik was published which set out all 19 projects in
detail and also contained a voting coupon. After checking the returned
coupons, the Board of Representatives selected 14 projects.

Representatives of the organisations that
proposed the selected projects received their grants from the hands of
Plzensky Prazdroj representatives at today’s celebratory meeting in
Plzensky Prazdroj. Michal Kacena, Plzensky Prazdroj corporate affairs
, said: “This year we repeated the new, transparent system of
allocating grants that worked so well last year. The direct involvement of
the public in the discussion and decision-making process is one of the
chief objectives of the Citizen’s Choice program. We highly value people’s
interest in public events and believe that this will grow even further as
they come to see the positive effects on their own environment. We would
like to congratulate those organisations whose projects won the favour of
the public and look forward to the program’s successful continuation next

Projects that have been allocated grants from Plzensky Prazdroj as part of the Citizen´s Choice program

  • The Pilsen Regional Health Centre: Computers Against Barriers Project – grant of CZK 190,000
  • The Teaching Hospital in Pilsen: Project to help ill, new-born children – grant of CZK 820,000
  • Tyfloservis o.p.s.: The purchase of three compensation aids for those with poor sight – grant of CZK 220 000
  • St. Lazarus Hospice : Purchase of dinner sets for the hospice’s patients – grant of CZK 200 000
  • Voluntary association of communities from the Radbuz micro-region: Renovation of the look-out tower on Krizovy hill – grant of CZK 200,000
  • Association for the renovation of monuments: Project to restore the organs in the Church of the Infant Jesus – grant of CZK 300,000
  • Pilsen Finale: 17th festival of Czech film in 2004 – grant of CZK 1,250,000
  • SK Senco Doubravka: Construction of a footsal centre – grant of CZK 500,000
  • SK Radbuza – Project teaching children and teenagers to swim – grant of CZK 90,000
  • TJ Prestice: Reconstruction of sports complex – CZK 580,000
  • Pilsen 2 – Slovany district: Renovation of wooden parts of children’s playgrounds – grant of CZK 120,000
  • Pilsen municipal zoological and botanical garden: Project IRIS – cultural and educational activities – grant of CZK 400,000
  • Pislen aeroclub – Letkov: publication of book Pilsen and Aviation – grant of CZK 80,000
  • Study and science library for the Pilsen region: Project to protect the archive of manuscripts and old prints – grant of CZK 50,000