Celebrities urged to nominate for Scottish humanitarian award

  • List.co.uk
  • 21 February 2008
KT Tunstall

KT Tunstall

James McAvoy, Ewan McGregor, KT Tunstall, Midge Ure, Johnny Depp, Bob Dylan, Angelina Jolie, David Beckham, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, JK Rowling, Lord Richard Attenborough, Sienna Miller and Bob Geldof are among the celebrities who have been invited to nominate a charity or individual for this year’s prestigious Robert Burns Humanitarian Award.

Now in its seventh year, The Robert Burns Humanitarian Award reflects the humanitarian values of Scotland’s world-renowned national poet, demonstrated so clearly through his work. The deadline for entries for this year’s award is the 29 February and anyone can nominate.

Nominees can come from anywhere in the world, but must have shown an outstanding commitment to improving the lives of others.

Issuing the last call for nominations in 2008, Graham Peterkin, chair of the Burns Festival Company and member of the judging panel for the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award, said: ‘Each of the celebrities that we have invited to nominate have one thing in common – they have used their star status to promote humanitarian causes that are close to their heart and, as a result must know some very deserving candidates for this iconic award.’

The award is presented to someone who has saved, improved or enriched the lives of others or society as a whole.

This could include representatives from the Red Cross or Retrak, two charities that James McAvoy has been working closely with after experiencing some shocking scenes in Uganda during the filming the Last King of Scotland.

It could also include any of the scientists and businesses leaders who founded Global Cool, a campaign to save the planet through the reduction of carbon emissions championed by celebrities such as KT Tunstall, Sienna Miller and Pink.

Even celebrities that have made significant contributions to humanitarian causes themselves are eligible for the award, including the co-founders of Live Aid and Live 8, Midge Ure and Bob Geldof; or Billy Connolly who founded his very own brand of fair trade tea, Tickety Boo Tea.

Sir Tom McKillop, Chair of The Robert Burns Humanitarian Award judging panel adds: ‘Whoever receives the Award this year will personify the enduring spirit of Burns; his connection with people’s cares and desire for a better life.’

‘This is a great opportunity to highlight the selfless work of someone who may not previously have been recognised.’

If you would like to nominate an individual or a group of individuals for the 2008 award, please send the name of the person or group of individuals you would like to nominate, along with a short summary of why you think they should win the award to burnsaward@eventscotland.org

The winner will receive 1759 guineas signifying the year of the bard’s birth and the coinage then in circulation. They will also receive a specially commissioned award by a Scottish artist, at a ceremony to be held in Ayr on 17 May, kicking off the 2008 burns an’ a’ that! Festival (www.burnsfestival.com). The judging panel includes TV personality, Muriel Gray and Scottish writer and UNICEF ambassador Andrew O’Hagan.

The Award is supported by VisitScotland and EventScotland.

For more information see www.robertburnsaward.com

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