On Monday, October 5 we broadcast a special edition of SkoroNAkafe, our pandemic online venue, to present the 2020 Via Bona Awards in the “Heart of Gold” and “Heroes & Heroines in Times of Crisis” categories.

Due to Covid-19 safety measures we were not able to hold the 2020 Via Bona Award ceremony scheduled to take place at the US Ambassador’s Residence in Prague on October 5th. Instead, we broadcast a special edition of SkoroNAkafe, our online Facebook venue, with all five of the “Heart of Gold” category finalists. They spoke about their charitable work online and viewers joined the conversation by asking questions in the comments. In recognition of the important work they are doing, each of the five “Heart of Gold” finalists will receive a CZK 20,000 grant to help them continue their charitable activities. In the “Heroes & Heroines in Times of Crisis” category, Via Foundation recognized three finalists who were instrumental in helping their communities deal with Covid-19.

“Heart of Gold” awardwinners:

  • Petra Květová Pšeničná and Žaneta Slámová and their project “Rooting for Moms” for providing in-kind and professional assistance to single mothers and their children and for creating the application FandiMat, which facilitates donations of goods to anyone in crisis.
  • Šarlota Hambergerová and the civic association Spolu s vámi (Together with You) for connecting two worlds – those of the vision impaired and of senior citizens – through visits to senior citizens in their homes or through care services.
  • Lucie Poláková and Jindřich Novák of the Komunitní osvětového společenství (Community Outreach Society) in Cheb for general support of civil society and for inspiring other people to become volunteers in the Karlovy Vary region.
  • Terezie Hradilková for helping disadvantaged people in various ways and her lifelong efforts to create one world for all and to transform the Czech social system.
  • Lucie Hyblerová and the Breakfaststory platform for supporting social enterprises, helping people in crisis and for initiating the project Potěš obědem (Give a Lunch to Make Someone Happy), which helped feed the needy during the Covid-19 crisis.

“Heroes & Heroines in Times of Crisis” awardwinners:

  • High school student Jakub Kabelka for producing several hundred protective shields on a 3D printer and distributing them to doctors, emergency medical staff and police in his hometown Moravské Budějovice and in the broad surrounding region.
  • The Vietnamci pomáhají (Vietnamese Helping Others) initiative for building a pubilc information channel connecting volunteer help between the Vietnamese community and Czech society through a website and social networks.
  • Businessman and philanthropist Radomír Lapčík for depositing CZK 10 million in the NAVZDORY giving program through his own foundation, Credo, to reduce the impacts of the pandemic on single mothers and families with disabled children in the Zlín region.

You can find a recording of the live event on our Facebook page HERE. Detailed biographies of the finalists are available in Czech at bit.ly/viabona2020.

We would like to thank our 2020 Via Bona Award partners – Věra Výtvarová, Tchibo and Bonami – and our media partners – Aktuálně.cz, Deník N, Nový Prostor, Reportér magazín and Czech TV – for their support. Our thanks also go to the longstanding patron of the event, the US Embassy in Prague.

Congratulations to the awardwinners and thanks to everyone who supported the event!