Within the scope of the International Benevolence Awards Program, which the Turkiye Diyanet Foundation initiated with the aim of spreading goodness and raising awareness on the subject in the community, will reward pioneers of goodness once again.
The 4th International Benevolence Awards Program will be held at the Presidential Complex Congress and Cultural Center on the 13th of March, which is also the anniversary of the establishment of the Turkiye Diyanet Foundation. Awards will be presented to seven people who have not only been a source of hope wherever they have been, but also role models for the people in our country and people in different parts of the world.
Ilyas Serenli, the vice president of the board of trustees at the Turkiye Diyanet Foundation, stated that he viewed living for goodness as the reason for existence. He further explained that the Benevolence Awards Program was not merely a ceremony; rather, that it has been organised with the aim of raising awareness within the public opinion and invigorating the civilisation of foundations.
“An act of benevolence can be a source of great hope”
While mentioning that the awards would be presented for instances of kindness that promised great hope for all of humanity, Serenli continued:
“No doubt, all acts of goodness are great and dear. Our aim here is to give a message to our people and to the world, to show them acts that set an example and how tiny acts of goodness can be a source of great hope. Our awards may not carry much material value, but they bear great sentimental value. Like in previous years, we want to reward people from our country and from different parts of the world. For this reason, we wanted to hear the acts of kindness that were original, true, contemporary and a source of hope for the world; to contribute to the individual and their surroundings, to humanitarian aid, health, education and the environment. We have reviewed close to 1,500 acts of benevolence which have been sent from different places, such as the Diyanet Foundation’s partner networks and institutions located in 140 different countries around the world, international representatives of the Presidency of Religious Affairs, province and district Muftis, non-governmental organisations, the media and also individual accounts of those who have witnessed acts of benevolence.
7 stories of benevolence have been chosen
Serenli said that the stories of kindness were assessed by four separate committees for preliminary eliminations. After a final assessment, the number of stories were brought down to 14 and put before the Jury who then chose 7 true stories of benevolence.
Serenli tated that kindness grows when it is shared and that narrating these acts of kindness encourages people to do good themselves. He emphasised that it was this very idea that inspired the Turkiye Diyanet Foundation to organise the International Benevolence Awards and present awards to the pioneers of goodness from Turkey and from different parts of the world.
Ilyas Serenli, the vice president of the board of trustees at the Turkiye Diyanet Foundation, stated that the 4th International Benevolence Awards Program will take place on the 13th of March, which is also the anniversary of the establishment of the Turkiye Diyanet Foundation, at the Culture and Presidential Complex Congress and Cultural Center, where they will present the awards to the protagonists of the seven stories of benevolence.