MBC group announced the names of the winners of its first annual “Doing Good” campaign competition during a ceremony held on Sunday in Dubai, according to Al Arabiya News Channel.
The ceremony, which is part of the MBC Hope initiative, gathered the judges and five winners of the competition, as well as MBC’s official spokesman Mazen Hayek.
The five winners of the competition, selected among hundreds of applicants, were given 100,000 Saudi Rials from MBC Group to start their projects.
Egyptian engineer Hosni Al Shafei won for his energy efficient replacement for engine power while director Mirieme Addoud from Morocco won for his participation in a documentary about helping Moroccan youth in isolated areas fine employment.
Other winners included Mashal Al Nahari from Saudi Arabia who proposed the idea of a human resource company to train and empower young people with tangible skills needed for employment and Omar Samra from Egypt who initiated a volunteer effort to send used toys for needy children in the Arab world.
Winners were categorized under the groupings energy and environment, innovation and creativity, social entrepreneurship and start up, and humanitarian issues.
Through the competition, MBC Group was able to shed light on several initiatives from young Middle Eastern entrepreneurs.
“MBC gave me the opportunity to expose my project to the general public, talk more about it and highlight my idea,” Hosni Al Shafei, an Egyptian engineer and one of the winners told Al Arabiya News.
“By shedding light on projects like mine and the other candidate’s projects, MBC is giving us the possibility to find sponsors for our projects and hopefully to develop them in the near future,” Shafei added.
During the event, Mohammad Assaf, the winner of Arab Idol, made a special appearance to explain about his journey to the top filled with hope and the role of MBC Group in his achievement.
The panel of judges was composed of Majdah Aburas, a member of the Board of Directors and Deputy Executive Director for The Saudi Environmental Society, Moez El Shohdi, CEO and co-founder of the Egyptian Food Bank, Soraya Salti, Regional Director and Junior Achievement Senior Vice President MENA at Injaz al-Arab, and Oussama Rifahi, the Executive Director of the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC).
The MBC Hope Initiative seeks to develop and implement initiatives to show the group’s commitment to the environment, education, supporting entrepreneurship, and humanitarian causes.SHOW MORE