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Successfully carrying out its activities without discrimination since 1920, and protecting the honor and dignity of those it works with to protect them from harmful habits, Green Crescent recognizes individuals, organizations and institutions who adopt healthy lifestyles, free from addiction, as part of their mission, and support this with such projects as the Zümrüdüanka (Phoenix) Awards.
The Zümrüdüanka Awards ceremony has been held annually since 2015 under the auspices of the Presidency, and with the participation of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Every year, the Turkish Green Crescent Society hands out one Zümrüdüanka Award each in the categories of the arts, sport, politics, academia, social responsibility, media and the international struggle against addiction; and up to three awards in the special awards category to individuals, organizations and institutions that have supported Green Crescent in its struggle against addiction throughout the year, and that have influenced society in a positive way.
Individuals, organizations and institutions that are candidates for Zümrüdüanka Awards must satisfy at least one of the following conditions:
- Carrying out activities in the struggle against any kind of addiction, particularly tobacco, alcohol and drugs; and adopting this activity as a lifestyle,
- Having the potential to influence the struggle against addiction through their works, activities or lifestyles, and to encourage the public,
- In the eyes of the public, to act in line with Green Crescent’s aims and fields of activity in their private lives,
- Being devoted to national and ethical values.