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Nominations open for Robert Burns Humanitarian Award 2024

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Nominations for the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award (RBHA) are now open.

We want to put a spotlight on those exceptional individuals and groups who dedicate themselves to advancing human rights and social transformation.

Inspired by Scotland's much-loved poet, Robert Burns, this award pays tribute to those who extend a helping hand even in the most challenging circumstances, fostering positive change and uplifting lives.

Supported by South Ayrshire Council's Destination South Ayrshire service, this award holds special significance. The winner is also honoured with the equivalent of 1759 guineas, representing the year of Burns' birth and the currency of his time, now valued at £1,800.

The winner of the 2023 title was Dr. Renuka Ramakrishnan who devotes herself to the care of Hansen's Disease (leprosy) patients.

The stage is now set for nominations for the 2024 award!  

South Ayrshire Council's Director of Strategic Change and Communities, Jane Bradley said: "The RBHA is highly respected, and we always receive nominations from across the globe. This award celebrates those unsung heroes that put others first day in day out but perhaps don't receive the recognition they deserve.

"So, if you know someone who goes above and beyond why not nominate them today and give them their opportunity to shine."

Nominations can be made at until 4pm on Friday 6 October. The 2024 RBHA winner will be announced during a special Burns Night ceremony on 25 January 2024.