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Khalil Dale nominated for Robert Burns award

4 January 2013

Khalil Dale, the British Red Cross worker who was killed in Pakistan last year, has been nominated for the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award.

The award recognises a group or individual who has saved, improved or enriched the lives of others, through personal self-sacrifice, selfless service or charitable work. Khalil first began working for the Red Cross in Kenya in 1981, and dedicated 30 years of his life to helping others.

Khalil’s brother Ian Dale said: "Khalil was loved and respected by many people and I feel this is a fitting tribute to a man who profoundly affected and touched the hearts of everyone he met. He will leave a deep and lasting legacy.

"Khalil always had a deep affinity with Scotland and Scotland was always his home. The news of his nomination for the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award is both uplifting and refreshing."

Award ceremony

The awards ceremony will be held on 26 January 2013 at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum.

5 January marks one year since Khalil was abducted while working with an ICRC health programme in Quetta, Pakistan. He was found dead on 29 April 2012.

David Peppiatt, head of International for British Red Cross, said: “We will all be remembering Khalil today. While we mourn his loss, we also remember the way he touched our lives, and those of the many people he worked with and helped. This nomination is a fitting way to celebrate his remarkable life and the impact of his humanitarian work.”

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