Last week to nominate humanitarians for Bard's award

There's just one week left to submit your nominations for the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award 2014 – one of the world's most prestigious humanitarian accolades.

Established in recognition of the Bard, the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award – supported by South Ayrshire Council and EventScotland, through Scotland’s Winter Festivals – 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. And nominations can be submitted until next Friday (1 November 2013).

The winner/s – who will be announced at the award ceremony on the Bard's birthday (25 January) – receive the equivalent of 1759 guineas, 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 2013 winner of the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award was Khalil Dale MBE, a British Red Cross aid worker who was abducted and killed in Pakistan in 2012. The 60-year-old, who grew up in Dumfries, spent decades working to help vulnerable people in some of the most dangerous places in the world. Last year, he was abducted and killed in Pakistan while working to make a difference for people wounded in conflict.

Previous recipients include Karen Graham, a Scottish nurse working within the Oil Clinic in Tripoli, Libya who cared for patients – with little regard for her own personal safety – during the Libyan civil war conflict; Linda Norgrove, the Scottish aid worker who died during a US military-led rescue mission to free her from Afghanistani captors; Habib Malik, Scotland Manager of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) and a member Islamic Relief; and Guy Willoughby, Founder and CEO of the HALO Trust which specialises in the removal of war debris.

Nominees must emulate Rabbie through their commitment to and fight for human rights and social reform, but can be from any part of the world and be of any age or gender.

Nominations for the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award 2014 can be made online at  www.robertburnsaward.com and close on Friday 1 November 2013.

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