CTV staff awarded Special Prize of Belarus President

CTV staff awarded Special Prize of Belarus President

On January 9, the President of Belarus presented the award "For Spiritual Revival". The awards were conferred on five winners - labor collectives - for their outstanding work in the humanitarian, spiritual and creative fields.

Alexander Lukashenko also presented the President's Special Awards. CTV correspondents, Alexei Adashkin and Olga Makei, who authored the documentary series "We want a goal!", were among the recipients.

Winners of the award were named in December, but on January 9 a festive ceremony was held in honor of those whose efforts ideas of philanthropy, charity and creativity work for the benefit of society.

The award "For Spiritual Revival" was established in 1997 and is awarded in line with the Decree of the Belarus President and, as a rule, is personally handed over to the recipient by the head of state. Only five such awards are given.

On January 9, at the Palace of the Republic, the head of state delivered a traditional speech.

Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus President: 
One of the good traditions of our modern history, our independent Belarus is today's event during which we honor the creators, great leaders, and distinguished figures of our culture and our spirituality. It is no coincidence that this event is always timed to these good and bright holidays. One of them is the Nativity of Christ. I sincerely want to congratulate you again on this bright holiday.  After all, a commitment to Christian values, moral, aesthetic traditions is one of the main factors in the development of the Belarusian nation. It helps preserve the unity of our nation. If people neglect these values, they will get what is now happening near our borders. A wave of ethnic and religious conflicts and terrorist threats touches every nation today.
Under these conditions, unity and solidarity of the people are of a special value. As it is written in the Gospel: "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand." History teaches us that only peace and harmony are parts of a solid foundation of well-being of any country. It is on this foundation that we will build our state.
The Belarusian people has always looked after creative life, based on hard work, fairness and mutual assistance. Because from time immemorial, we have honored people who work for the maintenance of these fundamental moral principles. We reward those who devoted their life to works of mercy and helped others.

In 2015, the award was given to a writing team that comprises head of the community "The arrival of the church Mother of God "Joy of all who Sorrow" of the Minsk diocese of the Belarusian Orthodox Church, Archpriest Igor Korostelev and Associate Professor of the Maxim Tank Belarusian State Pedagogical University Marina Kravtsova. 

They organized workshops for people with disabilities and serious illnesses. These workshops help them not to drop out of society and integrate into it easier.

The second diploma "For Spiritual Revival" went to the team of the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theater for the play "Vytautas". The play tells the story of the formation of Belarusian society in the 14th-15th centuries.

It's no secret that theatergoers came from Lithuania to Belarus to see the play.

A team of the National House of War and Labor Veterans was another winner of the award "For Spiritual Revival."

Fourth diploma "For Spiritual Revival" went to the legendary Soviet-era national children's educational and health center "Zubrenok."

The Central Committee of the Belarusian National Youth Union BRSM also won a diploma.

In addition to the five diplomas, 10 special prizes of the head of state are awarded.

The CTV channel was among the winners. Alexei Adashkin (head of the CTV's special projects directorate) and correspondent Olga Makei received their awards. They authored the project "We want a goal!" [Shai-BY!]  about the history and the present of Belarusian and foreign ice hockey.

Olga Makei, special correspondent of ZAO Minsk Capital Television (CTV):
I would like first of all to say that this is the work of a large team. These are correspondents and video engineers.  Everyone contributed to it. So it is very pleasant that this work was evaluated at such a high level. Of course, such awards are very inspiring and you want to continue to work coming up with some new ideas. In general, it is very inspiring and encouraging.

Alexei Adashkin, director of the Directorate of Special Projects of ZAO Minsk Capital Television (CTV):
I am very pleased that it was our TV channel that was awarded. All TV channels in Belarus broadcast projects and created reports devoted to the IIHF World Ice Hockey Championship in Belarus, which was held in May 2014. We decided to create an encyclopedia of Belarusian hockey. And I am very pleased that it is the CTV channel that received this award.