The Robert Burns Humanitarian Award is one to the most globally respected humanitarian accolades.
There's just two weeks left until nominations close for the 2015 Robert Burns Humanitarian Award (RBHA) – so if you know of an individual, or group, consistently going over and beyond the call of duty to make a difference to humanity, make your nomination now!
The RBHA is one of the most globally respected humanitarian accolades and nominations for the 2015 award have to be received by 4pm on Friday 7 November 2014.
Named in honour of Scotland's son Robert Burns, the RBHA is seeking nominations from the public to recognise and applaud the efforts of those people who bring hope and inspiration, often in desperate situations, and help change lives for the better.
The prestigious annual award is supported by South Ayrshire Council and is part of Scotland's Winter Festivals – a programme of events funded by the Scottish Government and managed by EventScotland, with winner(s) being announced in January 2015, at the Bard's birthplace in Alloway.
Winners receive the equivalent of 1759 guineas (approximately £1,800) – a sum which signifies the year of the Bard's birth and the coinage then in circulation – as well as a specially commissioned award handcrafted in Scotland.
Councillor Bill McIntosh, Chair of the RBHA 2015 judging panel, said: "We're looking for a person, or a group of people, who follow in Rabbie's footsteps and devote themselves to others and push the boundaries for social change.
"Humanitarians come in all shapes and sizes, from all corners of the earth, and find themselves dealing with many different and difficult situations. But they all have something in common – the desire, dedication and will to make a difference.
"Each former recipient of the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award has demonstrated compassion for humankind, strength of character, fortitude and a sheer determination to improve life – whether it is ending poverty, caring for the victims of war zones, or developing environmental and land management projects."
Nominees must demonstrate – either through a particular achievement or a series of efforts – one or more of the following:
- A courageous deed involving personal self-sacrifice, going beyond the call of duty in the name of humanity.
- A commitment to serving others and making a difference through humanitarian acts of selfless service.
- A generosity of spirit and dedication helping improve the quality of life for people in need through the provision of shelter, food, clothing, education or meaningful employment.
- Direct 'hands-on' participation in humanitarian works that directly benefit an individual/groups of individuals/community.
- Outstanding involvement and dedication that makes a significant contribution to volunteer leadership or service which has improved or enriched the lives of others and the welfare of humanity and society as a whole.
- An act of kindness done without expectation of reward that has resulted in recognition by members of a community/organisation.
Councillor McIntosh continued: "We want to champion those people who go above and beyond the call of duty, helping those who cannot help themselves in every corner of the globe, exemplifying tolerance, friendship and humanity."
The RBHA is part of the popular Alloway 1759 Festival,www.alloway1759.com, a unique commemoration of the birthplace and life of Robert Burns. More information about how to celebrate Burns' Day and the life of the Bard himself can also be found at: www.scotland.org/burns
Nominees can be from any part of the world and be of any age or gender and nominations can be made online at www.robertburnsaward.com until 4pm on Friday 7 November 2014.