SOROPTIMIST AWARD – “Feed your Optimism II”

by Lorraine Williamson
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World Environment Day is celebrated each year on June 5. The United Nations choose this special day as a focus to raise worldwide awareness and to take action to protect the environment.

This year, the campaign focuses on plastic pollution. Although most of us are aware of this massive problem, we still contribute to it by adding to the pollution. Consequently, as many people worry about the environment, they look for ways to change and reduce their ecological footprint.

The Soroptimist Award

In 2021, Soroptimist International Costa del Sol decided to participate in the international call from the UN General Assembly for ways to make our local food system more sustainable, inclusive, and resilient. As a result, they initiated various actions. Among them, the Soroptimist Award. This award promotes local businesses and organisations who work towards sustainability. 

“The reaction from the jury, participants and guests last year was very positive and SI Costa del Sol decided to continue to look for people in the Malaga province who make a positive change to our food system and who deserve a recognition for the work they do.” says Daphne Theunissen, President of SI Costa del Sol. “This year we hope to be able to include organisations from the more rural parts of the Malaga province” she continued. 

2023 candidates

SI Costa del Sol would like to invite you to put forward businesses or organisations. Think of organisations that promote organic food, local food products, teach about sustainable food and ways to avoid food waste and plastic waste.

Candidates for the second Soroptimist Award can be nominated online until the 15th of September 2023. 

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“Also, this year we work together with our impressive panel consisting of representatives from the following various organisations; Fundación Aula del Mar, Justicia Alimentaria, Cruz Roja Málaga and Sabor a Málaga” continues Daphne. “We are grateful to Costa Women, who is helping us this year to promote the Award and we would like to thank Mijas Communication for the continuous support”. 

Award categories

The Soroptimist Award will cover various categories such as;

  • Food farming and distribution
  • Production of food products
  • Education and Awareness
  • Innovation and Technology

Furthermore, they are looking for a restaurant promoting local, organic food and drinks.

Awards presentation

The presentation of the winners will take place on Tuesday the 10th of October 2023.

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SI Costa del Sol is part of a worldwide NGO with more than 65,000 members in 122 countries. Furthermore, all members are professional women who want to help empower, enable, and educate women and children.  

For more information about the organisation, or how to nominate a candidate, visit Soroptimist International Costa del Sol´s website or send an email to You can also follow the association on Facebook.

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