Clock is ticking for 2013 Robert Burns Humanitarian Award nominations

In a few short weeks time, our clocks will go back marking the start of winter time, but well in advance of this, another clock has already begun to tick.

The countdown for nominations for the 2013 Robert Burns Humanitarian Awards – one of the world's most prestigious humanitarian accolades – and named after Scotland's national Bard – is well under way and just five weeks remain for members of the public to put forward their suggestions.

Your nominee can be from any part of the world and may be of any age or gender.

They’ll be following in the footsteps of other worthy nominees, which includes high-profile candidates such as UNICEF ambassador and actor Ewan McGregor and Bollywood actress and political activist Shabana Azmi.

The Award was launched in 2002 and is supported by South Ayrshire Council, EventScotland and VisitScotland and recognises 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.

Winners receive the equivalent of 1759 guineas – 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.

The winner of the 2012 Robert Burns Humanitarian Award was Karen Graham, a Scots nurse who risked her life to treat patients from both sides of the Libyan civil war.

Previous recipients include Linda Norgrove, the Scottish aid worker who died during a US military-led rescue mission to free her from Afghanistani captors (2011), Habib Malik, Scotland Manager of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) and a member Islamic Relief (2010) and Guy Willoughby, founder and CEO of the HALO Trust which specialises in the removal of war debris (2009).


Nominations for the 2012 Robert Burns Humanitarian Award can be made online at and nominations close on Friday 9 November 2012.

The winner will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway in January, which will coincide with the 254rd anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns.

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