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Robert Burns Humanitarian Award

Burns Humanitarian Awards
The Herald

The Robert Burns Humanitarian Award is a globally respected honour bestowed annually on a group or individual who has shown selflessness and dedication in a bid to save, enrich or improve the lives of others.

Scotland’s son Robert Burns is remembered world-wide for his passionate promotion of human rights and social reform. Named in his honour, this much sought after humanitarian award applauds the efforts of people who bring hope and inspiration, often in desperate situations, and help change lives for the better.

Nominations for the 2014 Award are now closed. Thanks to all of you who took the time to nominate. We’ll be announcing the shortlist in the next few weeks, so watch this space.

View photos of the 2013 Award night.

As Scotland’s National Bard, Robert Burns is celebrated as a pioneer of his generation, with his dynamic vision inspiring the founders of socialism and liberalism. The humanitarian values he embraced in his short life are captured for eternity in his rousing world famous works which are now his legacy. Burns’ work continues to inspire people from all walks of life and in all corners of the globe.

Launched in 2002, the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award aims to acknowledge the efforts of 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 or ‘hands on’ charitable work.

The Robert Burns Humanitarian Award is supported by South Ayrshire Council, EventScotland and VisitScotland. As well as a specially commissioned award handcrafted in Scotland, the winner will receive the equivalent of 1759 guineas – a sum which signifies the year of the Bard’s birth and the coinage in circulation at the time – equating to £1,800 in today’s currency.

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