V-Awards is a project initiated in 2011 marking the 10th anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers. This project recognizes individuals who make extraordinary and selfless contributions to society at large and reward the most outstanding volunteers at national level. The event is a tri-party partnership between the UN, the Government of Sri Lanka and the private sector under the guidance of the National Steering Committee on Volunteering (NSC-V)
The most recent edition of V-Awards took place on 13th February 2015 at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre in Colombo. This was the largest edition so far and received over 600 nominations from all districts. The nominations are scrutinized by an eminent independent panel of judges nominated by the NSC-V (which included among others academia, NGOs, Human Rights Commission).
The Grand Finale of V-Awards 2015, a two-hour, trilingual live television event reached over 5 million viewers, while 1200 guests were present at the event. Three awards have been given for “Volunteer of the Year”, “Youth Volunteer of the Year” and a thematic Award on “Volunteering for Disaster Risk Reduction”. An extensive media campaign was conducted prior the Finale which reached over 7 million people.
The second edition of V-Awards 2013 featured three awards “Volunteer of the Year”, “Youth Volunteer of the Year” and a special award on “Volunteering for Water” to celebrate the International Year of Water Cooperation. Twelve volunteers were selected as finalists and their work was celebrated in a two-hour live television event on the 6th of December 2013.
For V Awards 2011, over 450 applications were received. 15 finalists were selected out of which 6 were commended and 1 awarded the trophy as Volunteer of the Year 2011.