The second project is called “Access to Education” and is the brainchild of the Foundation for Community Support in Bacau. The project will concentrate on providing education to the population in the Podu' Turcului area, which is plagued by poverty, high school dropout rates and other social issues.
The winners were selected out of a total of 24 projects. For almost three months the viewers of the Realitatea TV channel, where details of the projects were broadcast, could choose between them. Ten of these entered into the final competition and the ultimate decision was made by a jury made up by journalist Liviu Mihaiu, gymnastics coach Mariana Bitang, television host Virgil Iantu and Mariana Gheorghe, Petrom general manager.
Ten public figures teamed up with the ten NGOs that reached the final stage of the competition and acted as advocates for the projects – journalists Andrei Gheorghe, Corina Dragotescu and Cristina Topescu, musicians Dan Bittman and A.G.Weinberger, actors Adriana Trandafir and Marius Vizante, radio host Mihai Dobrovolski, politician Madalin Voicu and businessman Mihai Ghyka.