CHICAGO, IL (PRWEB) August 15, 2006 -–
Local anti-landmine activist and humanitarian, Alison Bock, was selected by Volvo as one of 250 semi-finalists for the fifth anniversary Volvo For Life Awards, a national public service program that honors hometown heroes with $1 million in financial contributions. Volvo called on people to nominate a hero whom they knew was doing the extraordinary in the areas of safety, quality of life or environment. The initiative has recognized nearly 13,000 individuals from all 50 states for their extraordinary service since its inception in 2001.
Beginning August 14th, the world is invited to join the panel of prestigious judges by voting for their favorite hero from the past five years at http://www.volvoforlifeawards.com. Nine finalists will be named in February 2007, three in each category. A panel of distinguished judges representing some of the world's foremost experts on conscience, care and character -- including Hank Aaron, Senator Bill Bradley, Caroline Kennedy, Maya Lin, Paul Newman, Sally Ride, Eunice Kennedy Shriver and the four previous Volvo for life Awards top winners will name one winner for each of the three categories. Each category winner will each receive $50,000 to be donated to the charities of their choice. The remaining six finalists will each receive a $25,000 charitable donation.
Bock was nominated for her work with the grassroots non-governmental organization that she founded in 2003, Landmines Blow!®. Bock said: “This is not about me or winning a car. This is about saving lives by providing landmine survivors, refugees, and internally displaced persons access to clean safe water. Any award I may receive will directly advance these goals.”
Landmines Blow!® http://www.landminesblow.org educates civil society about the indiscriminate use of landmines and unexploded remnants of war. The organization also raises funds to construct wells and latrines and provide hygiene training to mine-affected communities.
Last month, the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs http://www.state.gov/t/pm/wra/ awarded Landmines Blow!® a grant to construct 10 wells in 6 villages in the Mong commune of Sray Snam district in Cambodia. Bock’s organization breaks ground in September on Phase I of Project Safe Water. The wells will provide clean safe water to 1,763 people. The organization aims to triple that number in 2007, to add latrines to the original project site, and to implement Phase II, which includes the construction of wells and latrines in Afghanistan where landmines, unexploded ordnance and health problems from water born diseases are also prevalent.
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