June 2014

Mihai Eminescu Trust receives two first prizes in sections Environmental Protection and Impact at the XII-th edition of the Civil Society Gala 2014 for the project called A forest for every school, developed in partnership with the Accor global hotel group.

Since 2009, Mihai Eminescu Trust is one of the seven international partners of Accor based in France, as part of the Plant for the Planet programme (http://www.accorplantsfortheplanet.com/), which aims to plant three million trees in seven countries.

In Romania the project is called A forest for every school and aims to tackle climate change issues and improve the natural landscape by preserving and expanding forests, reforestation of degraded areas and raising awareness of the importance of environmental preservation among the population, by conducting educational activities and involving the community the tree planting process.

A forest for every school is carried out by Mihai Eminescu Trust in partnership with 60 schools, 52 town halls and associations as well as 11 forest districts across 57 municipalities in rural and urban areas.

To date, 1.04 million saplings have already been planted, while the millionth tree has been planted in a forest near the village of Archita, in Mureș County by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales along with MET Vice-president, Caroline Fernolend.

The prize award ceremony of the XII-th Civil Society Gala was solemnly celebrated on the 10th of June 2014 at the Romanian Athenaeum and was attended and supported by more than 700 representatives of the NGO sector in Romania, representatives of private and public sectors, representatives of Romanian academic circles, journalists, researchers, key civil society representatives as well as well-known Romanian personalities.

A total of 147 projects were submitted to the competition and the winners were chosen by a jury comprising experts in the respective field of NGO activity, researchers, sociologists, journalists, and opinion leaders from civil society and the non-profit sector and of consultants for corporate social responsibility, communication or corporate affairs.

The Mihai Eminescu Trust’s entire team from Sighișoara travelled to Bucharest for the Gala and proudly entered the stage to receive the award, together with leading representatives of Accor, including Markus Koller, general manager at Pullman Bucharest World Trade Centre.

MET project manager Izabela Hartel read a moving letter a 13-year old boy who took part in the planting activities addressed the audience, expressing his appreciation and enthusiasm for the project and the contribution it has towards protecting the environment in his region.

The Civil Society Gala is a project initiated in 2002, aiming to promote and reward non-profit sector activity in Romania.

The Civil Society Gala Foundation encourages:
• social involvement;
• responsible initiatives and success stories of all sectors of civil society;
• partnership and transfer of know-how between the private and non-governmental sectors;
• cooperation between non-profit organizations;
• the involvement of citizens in voluntary associations;
• developing a common identity sector.