Robert Burns Humanitarian Award - have you nominated?

 30 November 2018  |  

The 2018 winner was Anna Ferrer

The 2018 winner was Anna Ferrer

On St Andrews Day, South Ayrshire Council is reminding people there are just two weeks left to nominate someone for a Robert Burns Humanitarian Award (RBHA).

Do you know someone who goes out of their way to improve the lives of others? Is there a person who's inspired you through their commitment to a cause or their willingness to put the needs of others before their own?

Now is the time to give them the recognition they deserve by nominating them for a RBHA.

This international award was created in honour of arguably the greatest Scot ever, Robert Burns. 

The award, supported by South Ayrshire Council and Scotland's Winter Festivals as part of the Burns an' a' that! Festival celebrations, is for anyone regardless of nationality, race, age or gender who has gone above and beyond to help others.

As well as becoming a prestigious RBHA winner, the person picking up the award will collect the equivalent of 1759 guineas (approximately £1,800) which signifies the year of the Bard's birth and the coinage in circulation at the time.

Last year's winner was Anna Ferrer. Anna was born in Essex and has worked in India since the mid-1960s. She was recognised for her decades of dedication and devotion to women's rights and tackling poverty in her adopted homeland.

If you know someone like Anna, now is the time to nominate them by visiting The deadline for nominations is Friday 14 December at 4:00pm.

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in January 2019 which is a special year as it coincides with the 260th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns in Alloway.

Douglas Campbell, Chair of the RBHA judging panel, said, "This is the sixteenth year of this prestigious award and during that time we have met so many inspirational people from all over the world.

"It's a common theme that the people nominated are doing extraordinary things to help others on a daily basis, but they don't see themselves as anything special and this is very humbling. The Robert Burns Humanitarian Award is a celebration of those often unsung heroes and is a chance for us all to put them first for a change.

"The spirit of Robert Burns is very much alive through this award, he fought social injustice and believed that everyone should be treated the same.

"Past winners have come from all walks of life, but the thing they have in common is their commitment to standing up for what they believe in and doing whatever it takes to make a difference.

"You don't have to know the person you nominate personally but if they have inspired you through their work, please visit the website and get nominating."