The King Khalid Foundation has announced the launch of the voting campaign for the annual Development Partners Award, open from August 21st until August 31st 2019.

The King Khalid Development Partners Award celebrates people and groups who, through their work, are making a material difference to the lives of people in Saudi Arabia.

The Foundation acts to achieve its goal of a Saudi society with equal opportunities, striving towards prosperity by mobilising and enabling stakeholders through social investment, capacity building and advocacy.

In particular, the King Khalid Award is a supportive program in community development that annually celebrates the initiatives of individuals and groups who are solving complex social challenges with creativity and skill, and empowers others to follow in their footsteps.

The finalists for this year's Development Partners Award are: Wateen Initiative, an online platform established in 2017, which organises blood donation in Saudi Arabia by linking donors to blood banks in all regions of the Kingdom. The initiative team consists of 10 volunteers whose tasks are to provide technical support and answer callers' inquiries.

The second initiative is My Bicycle Initiative: a voluntary initiative that began in 2012, it aims to spread the culture of exercise that is integrated with volunteerism. The idea first sparked when the founder saw that cycling positively affected him so he aimed at spreading the concept of exercise that is integrated with environmental volunteer work among all members of society

The third initiative is Ehyaa, which is a voluntary initiative operating in the city of Jeddah, which launched in 2015. It aims to improve the educational environment within charitable schools through the rehabilitation of educational buildings, in cooperation with the educational staff and students, with a particular focus on low-income communities in southern Jeddah. The initiative team consists of a core team of 10 partners specialised in the field of civil engineering and architecture.

To learn more about the initiatives, and to participate in the voting, visit the King Khalid Award website.