RT Burns Club

*Federation No. 2085*


Post Reply
Forum Home > The Robert Burns Humanitarian Award > Nominations have now been announced for the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award 2010

Site Owner
Posts: 51

The award recognises individuals and groups for their tireless efforts to improve and enrich the lives of others. Previous nominees have included UNICEF ambassador Ewan McGregor and Bollywood actress and political activist Shabana Azmi. 

Now in its ninth year, the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award is presented annually to a group or individual who has saved, improved or enriched the lives of others or society as a whole, through personal self-sacrifice, selfless service, 'hands on' charitable/volunteer work, or other acts.

The winner will receive 1759 guineas, a sum which signifies the year of the bard's birth and the coinage then in circulation, as well as a specially commissioned hand-made award.

Scottish novelist Andrew O’Hagan joined the judging panel of the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award in 2008.  He said:  “The Robert Burns Humanitarian Award is an incredible honour and one which recognises those who ask for no recognition but deserve it in abundance.  2009 is Scotland’s year of Homecoming and a celebration of the birth of Robert Burns and so this year’s award was especially poignant and it is fitting that we open nominations for next year’s award on the anniversary of his death.  I am confident that the calibre of nominations for 2010 will be just as impressive as in previous years and we look forward to recognising their efforts.”

2009's award was won by Guy Willoughby, founder and CEO of HALO Trust, based in Dumfries, which specialises in the removal of harmful and unexploded debris of war.  Guy was presented with the award by First Minister, Alex Salmond at a glittering ceremony in Ayrshire in May. For more information on previous winners



January 2, 2010 at 9:12 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Posts: 118

The Robert Burns HumanitarianAward, now in its ninth year, is presented annually to a group orindividual who has saved, improved or enriched the lives of others orsociety as a whole, through personal self-sacrifice, selfless serviceor 'hands on' charitable work.

Habib Malik from Aberdeen,Scotland Manager of Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) and fundraiserfor Islamic Relief, Mark and Caroline Cook from Wiltshire, founders ofHope and Homes for Children and 11 year old Zachary Bonner fromFlorida, founder of the Little Red Wagon Foundation are all in therunning for the prestigious global humanitarian award, the winner ofwhich will be announced on January 22nd at a glittering awards ceremonyat Turnberry Hotel. (See notes to editors for full details ofshortlisted nominees).

The winner of the award receives 1759guineas, a sum which signifies the year of the bard's birth and thecoinage then in circulation, as well as a specially commissionedhand-made award.

Last year’s winner, Guy Willoughby who foundedthe Halo Trust, joined the judging panel this year. He said: He said:“Recognising the humanitarian efforts of individuals is vital forraising the profile of their causes and the worthiness of humanitarianwork. All the nominees this year were of a high calibre and choosingjust three nominees for the final was a difficult task from theshortlist of ten that each had votes from the judges. The finalistsannounced have different attributes and are from different backgrounds- however all have set a particular example to others by putting theircauses ahead of themselves - and prove that anyone can make adifference and help others."

Scottish television presenter andUNICEF Ambassador Kaye Adams, also joined this year’s judging panel.She said: “This award recognises those who give up their time, energy,money and efforts to help others around the world and as such is animportant annual celebration of selflessness and should be aninspiration to people across Scotland and indeed around the world.Anyone can make a difference, whether it’s within their own communityor further afield and the nominees shortlisted for this year’s awardare evidence of just what a huge difference we can make.”


Please support this amazing Petition:


I shall forever support The Legend That is Robert Burns and The Hero That is Sir William Wallace - SCOTLAND THE BRAVE!!  FREEDOM!!!

January 22, 2010 at 7:58 AM Flag Quote & Reply

You must login to post.