ONCE rewards Cáritas, ‘Canarias Mediodía’ and the Cabildo de La Palma

Cáritas Diocesana de Canarias, Canarias Mediodía, Gerardo Mesa Noda, El Corte Inglés and the Cabildo de La Palma have received the Solidarity Awards ONCE Canarias 2021, the highest institutional distinction that ONCE awards annually at the regional level, which this year have been held under the motto Separately together, after the suspension of the awards in 2020 due to the pandemic. These awards have become a tribute to the strength and solidarity of the Canary Islands society.

Thus, they have participated in the gala, held at the Leal Theater in La Laguna, Alejandro Oñoro Medrano, general councilor of ONCE and CEO of Ilunion, Miguel Ángel Déniz Méndez, president of the Territorial Council of ONCE in the Canary Islands, José Antonio López Mármol, territorial delegate of ONCE in the Canary Islands, and Andrés Guillén Guillén, director of the ONCE Area in Tenerife.

José Antonio Valbuena Alonso, Counselor for Ecological Transition, Fight against Climate Change and Territorial Planning of the Government of the Canary Islands, Rafael Yanes Mesa, deputy of the Common, among other political and social authorities of the Islands and representatives of disability and Canary society.

In the 2021 edition, they received the ONCE Canarias Solidarity Awards: In the category of Institution, Organization, Entity, NGO Cáritas Diocesana de Canarias, for their actions aimed at curbing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, creating a social fabric of support to respond to the needs of people hit by the health crisis. All this hand in hand with its agents, who have given the necessary social and community support to continue being close to those who need it most.

Cáritas received the award for curbing the impact of Covid on people hit by the health crisis


In the communication media category, program, article or communication project went to the Canarias Mediodía program directed and presented by Sergio De La Rosa, dealing with the main social, cultural, economic and political issues of interest to the Islands, told by their protagonists in all corners of the Archipelago. Very close to the main claims of people with disabilities, echoing, permanently, the news that affects the group.

In Physical Person, the jury awarded the award to Gerardo Mesa Noda, on the occasion of his long career of dedication to others and for contributing to the strength of the associative movement, exercising solidarity in all aspects of his life. Referents that society is still in need of.

In the Company category, it went to El Corte Inglés, for its commitment to people with disabilities in recent decades, highlighting the generation of employment for this group, the creation of a specific telephone line for the care of people with disabilities and for the disability training for all its human resources, all these actions had a significant impact during the most difficult moments of the pandemic, in which a quality service was provided and, as a priority, in order to cover the most basic needs of older people and the group of people with disabilities.

Finally, in the Public Administration Estate category, the Cabildo de La Palma was awarded, for the inter-institutional coordination between all public administrations to reverse the situation caused by the eruption of the volcano on September 19, 2021 and channel the solidarity of all the citizenship.

The ONCE Canarias Solidarity Awards were born with the aim of promoting and distinguishing the efforts of the different social layers in favor of the labor and social inclusion of blind people.


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