Marovic awarded by Marmara Group .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;} .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;} ISTANBUL - George Marovic, the former representative of the Vatican to Istanbul, receives an award of honor from the Marmara Group Foundation for his efforts to improve dialogue between religions. Suna Kıraç, from Koç Holding, has received the Social Responsibility Award.

The former representative of the Vatican to Istanbul has received an award of honor from the Marmara Group Foundation. George Marovic was recognized for his service to encouraging inter-faith dialogue.

Marovic was presented his award at the Artigianna Nursing Home, where he has been staying ever since he got out of hospital following a serious accident in 2007.

Marmara Foundation Board Chairman Akkan Suver, in presenting the award, praised Marovic for what he had done for Istanbul and for Turkey.

Şişli Mayor Mustafa Sarıgül also attended the occasion, as did representatives of the Foundation and people staying in the nursing home. Sarigul said: "George Marovic changed the way I looked at many things through what he did. Marovic contributed a lot to world peace. We thank him for his service."

Another Istanbul dignitary, Mustafa Cağrıcı, said: "In spite of of being of different religions, whenever there was some event somewhere in the world, we had the same feelings as George Marovic had and we shared them with each other. We were always together with Marovic in an atmosphere of conciliation."

Marovic then expressed his thanks for the award and said that he would continue the work he had been doing despite his injuries. He attended the ceremony in a wheel chair.

’Social Responsibility Award’
In another recent ceremony, the Marmara Foundation presented Suna Kıraç with its "Social Responsibility Award." The award has been given every year since 2006 to distinguished citizens of Turkey. Although seriously ill, Kirac is the deputy executive board chairman of Koc Holding and chairman of the Suna-Inan Kıraç Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

Kıraç is unable to move any part of her body with the exception of her eyes and in spite of misgivings on the part of her doctors, she insisted on being present at the award ceremony.

The Marmara Group Foundation chooses respected people who are devoted to the continual development of Turkey and positive change while creating social reconciliation in their area of expertise. In 2005, the award was presented to businessman Sahap Kocatopcu, in 2006 to the former Turkish President Süleyman Demirel and in 2007 to the founders of the environmental organization TEMA, Nihat Gökyiğit and Hayrettin Karaca.