Fundación MAPFRE presented its 2016 Awards in Madrid to Valentín Fuster, Luis Rojas Marcos, Aladina Foundation, and ALSA. With prize money totaling 120,000 euros, their aim is to recognize the work of institutions and individuals that contribute to improving the life of society as a whole.
The awards ceremony, presided over by Her Majesty Queen Sofia, was attended by Juan Ignacio Zoido Alvarez, the Spanish Interior Minister, and Antonio Huertas, president of Fundación MAPFRE, who pointed out that “through these Awards we not only wish to publicize the good work undertaken by the winners, but also highlight the exemplary nature of what they do for the whole of society.”
The José Manuel Martínez Lifetime Achievement Award was granted on this occasion to Dr. Valentín Fuster for his professional endeavors in the field of preventing and treating cardiovascular disease.
The Aladina Foundation received the Best Social Action Initiative Award for its Psychological Care Program for Children and Adolescents with Cancer and their Families.
And ALSA Group S.L.U. won the Best Accident Prevention Initiative Award for their World Class Driver (WCD) road risk prevention project.
Finally, the mentally ill and homeless were the protagonists of the award that went to the project Abandoned on the City Streets: Project HELP, run by Dr. Luis Rojas-Marcos, in the Best Health Promotion Initiative category.