The Olga Havel Award 2018

Pavel Šturm became a laureate of the 2018 Olga Havel Award for helping people with a hearing impairment.


Pavel Šturm was born deaf. He was educated as a craftsman and he worked as one for some time. Then, however, he decided to help people with the same disability. In his capacity as chairman of the Prague Deaf Society Pavel Šturm, together with his colleagues, organizes various events almost every weekend. His example proves that even a disabled person can enjoy a full-fledged life.

The general public prize was awarded to Martin Kabát. Since 2016, he has been assisting the ADAM organization - autistic children and us during the therapeutic activities for autistic children.

The Olga Havel Award was granted under the auspices of Miluše Horská, 1st Vice-President of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, Jan Wolf, Councillor of the City of Prague and Eva Špačková, Councillor for Education, Civil Society and Municipalities of Prague 1.

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The awarding ceremony took place on Monday, May 28, in Slovanský dům. Opera singer Ester Pavlů, accompanied by pianist Ahmad Hedar, performed during the event. The ceremony was moderated by Barbora Kroužková. An informal meeting of representatives of the affiliated organizations of the VDV took place during the ceremony.

Acknowledgements at the Olga Havel Award ceremony:


  • Merger Vision - for an annual contribution, from 2010, to the Foundation's programmes through Advent Concerts of Good Will organized by Kocián Šolc Balaštík law office
  • Milada Voborníková - for 20-year regular support of projects of the OHF
  • ČEZ Foundation - for supporting the Nikola Tesla Scholarship project managed by the OHF; since 2015, the project helps disadvantaged university students focused on technical fields


  • Kreston A&CE Consulting - for processing expert opinions for the OHF free of charge
  • Honza Homola of the Wohnout Band  - for helping seriously ill little Maxim by arranging a collection and auction of Honza’s own guitar; the amount earned was almost CZK 200.000 
  • Vladimír Olmer - for his long-term help to the OHF in the IT field


  • Maxprogres - for regular participation in charity events in favour of the OHF and for organizing collections that have earned more than CZK 150.000
  • Erasmus Student Network Liberec of the Technical University of Liberec - for organizing five years of student charity race, which donated nearly CZK 200.000 to help the needy from Liberec
  • CONCUR - for regular participation in charity runs for the benefit of the OHF and for organizing staff collections to help people with disabilities; the amount raised was CZK 180.000


  • Mahulena Mojžíšová, Chief of Children's Department of the Hořovice Hospital - for her credit in establishing a working group of children's palliative care of the Czech Palliative Medicine Society and for her activities leading to the availability of palliative care for pediatric patients
  • Psychotherapist Petra Třešňáková and journalist Petr Třešňák - for promotion and protection of the rights of children and adults with severe autism spectrum disorders
  • Vít Lesák, Director of the Social Housing Platform - for enforcing the Social Housing Act and for implementing projects leading to the availability of housing for people in need


The Children from the Children's Home in Chrudim were apprised for their help to the handicapped Koláček triplets by means of collecting cartoons, newspapers and magazines from the citizens of Chrudim and by transferring the proceeds of CZK 4.500 to the triplets‘ mother Mrs. Alena Kosmáková.


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