King Khalid Award winners announced


RIYADH - Prince Faisal bin Khalid, emir of Asir and chairman of King Khalid Award Committee, announced winners of the award for the year 2018 in a press conference held at King Khalid Foundation headquarters in Riyadh on Wednesday evening. There are awards in three categories of “Development Partners,” “Nonprofit Excellence” and “Responsible Competitiveness”.

“Alhasalah” initiative of Saad Al Hamoudi bagged the first place of King Khalid Development Partners Award. Prince Faisal announced that the initiative got 42 percent of the total votes received in a mass e-mail voting mechanism through the King Khalid Foundation website. The initiative, launched in 2009, is aimed to raise awareness towards money management in terms of consumption, savings and investing. “Adam Campaign” initiative by Shahid Al Miqbil came second with 29 percent of the total votes. The initiative, launched in 2014, is an educational awareness campaign targeting the community in general and the young people in particular, with the objective of curbing racism and extreme practices in order to create an inclusive and peaceful society.

“My book club” initiative by Owaied Alsubaie came third with 27 percent votes. This is a voluntary initiative that was launched in 2013 and aims to build a knowledgeable and educated society through spreading culture of reading for all members of society in different age groups. The total value of the Development Partners Award for three initiatives amounted a half million Saudi riyals, of which the first place winner will get SR250,000, while the second and third place winners will have SR150,000 and SR100,000 respectively.

Prince Faisal also announced winners in “Nonprofit Excellence Award,” which is given to nonprofit organizations registered with the Ministry of Labor and Social Development with a focus on improving managerial performance of non-profit organizations in the Kingdom to be reflected positively on the quality of services provided to their beneficiaries. The first place worth SR 500,000 was bagged by “Al-Kawther Health Charity” for its excellence in modern management practices and clarity of the organization’s strategy in addition to integrated management systems for the Board of Directors apart from corporate governance regulations.

The family development association, called Osrati of Madinah, came second with a prize money of SR300,000 for its excellence in administrative work and the best employment of technology while “The First Women’s Charitable Association in Jeddah” came third with SR 200,000. This was in recognition of its excellent performance in achieving strategic objectives that reflect its mission and vision clearly, in addition to the administrative management of the human resources through motivational programs for staff development.

Prince Faisal said the first place in the “Responsible Competitiveness” category branch went to “Saudi Huawei Company,” while “The National Petrochemical Industrial Company (NATPET) came second and “United Doctors Hospital “ came third. The award in this category gives to the entities that proved excellence in the field of sustainability with encouraging private entities adopt leading practices in the area of responsible competitiveness, as well as to activate the role of the private sector in the development of the society.

In his speech on this occasion, Prince Faisal said that King Khalid Foundation embraced prosperity by activating the role of the development partners, as well as empower them through social investment and building capabilities to ensure the emergence of a Saudi community with equal opportunities.