DAVOS, Switzerland – January 21, 2016
The Coca-Cola Company today announced the 2015 winners of the Coca-Cola Shaping a Better Future Grant Challenge – a competition exclusively for members of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community. Global Shapers are young leaders between 20 and 30 years old who are organized into a network of nearly 500 city-based hubs. For the competition, Global Shapers launch projects that address the world’s most challenging issues, with the opportunity to win seed money to expand their initiatives.
The Gaza, Palestine Hub of the Global Shapers Community was selected out of over 100 applications as a winner, and will receive a $10,000 grant for their project, “Solar Power Lighting Disabled Lives.” With their acceleration funding from Coca-Cola, they will install more solar lighting systems in rehabilitation centers for the disabled. Their project will ensure consistent access to the center’s therapeutic services for this high-need community during power outages in the area.
Ahmed Ba'lousha, a Global Shaper from the Gaza Hub, said “This project owes its success to the power of collaboration. By working closely with our partner organization, the Baitona Charity for Community Development, we are helping ensure reliable electricity to vulnerable members of our community. With the grant from Coca-Cola, we will install 30 solar cells in the rehabilitation center, greatly reducing their dependence on back-up generators.”
Mr. Curtis Ferguson, President, Middle East and North Africa, The Coca-Cola Company, said, “We are incredibly proud of the Global Shaper winners from Gaza. Their commitment to building a better tomorrow is exemplary. The Gaza Hub sets an inspiring example of teamwork to which we should all aspire. We want to help them accelerate the impact of their project bringing solar power to the disabled, so we are giving additional funding from the Coca-Cola Shaping a Better Future Grant.”
The members of Global Shapers Community self-select the Shaping a Better Future Challenge finalists, and the winners are determined by a high-level panel, including Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, Sarita Nayyar, Managing Director of the World Economic Forum, and Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation.
About the Global Shapers Community
The Global Shapers Community is a network of Hubs developed and led by young people who are exceptional in their potential, their achievements and their drive to make a contribution to their communities.
About the World Economic Forum
The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.
About The Coca-Cola Company
The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world's most valuable and recognizable brands, our Company's portfolio features 20 billion-dollar brands including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite,Coca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Georgia and Del Valle. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and juices and juice drinks. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy our beverages at a rate of 1.9 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world's top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates. For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey at www.cocacolacompany.com, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CocaColaCo, visit our blog, Coca-Cola Unbottled, at www.coca-colablog.com or find us on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/the-coca-cola-company.
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