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The British Red Cross has launched a mission to find Britain’s young superheroes.
The charity’s annual Humanitarian Citizens’ Awards celebrate the valuable contribution young people make to the lives of others and the search is now on the find 2009’s most inspirational young heroes.
The competition is open to individuals or groups aged 25 and under who have made a positive impact on the lives of others or within their communities.
Emma Johns, Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen Award coordinator, explained: "Sometimes ordinary young people do extraordinary things. They may not wear masks or capes, but every day young heroes across the UK make a big effort to improve the lives of others. They help in many different ways – for example, by giving first aid, befriending vulnerable people, fundraising or campaigning for a worthy cause."
TV’s Konnie Huq added: "It was a real privilege for me to present the awards last year. The Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen Awards are a chance to reward these young people and give them the recognition they deserve, so if you know any young heroes then nominate them today – it only takes a couple of minutes and you can do it online at www.redcross.org.uk/theaward"
Nominations close on Friday 25 September and finalists will be invited to attend an exclusive awards ceremony in London, hosted by Konnie Huq. Unlike other award schemes, the Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen Awards are judged by a panel of young people, which includes winners from previous years.
Last year’s winners included young social worker and trainee human rights lawyer Jojo Gojikian (24), from London, who won the individual category for his pioneering voluntary work helping women and children seeking asylum in the UK. Jojo provides emotional support and legal advice to trafficked women and unaccompanied child refugees, giving them guidance and hope.
Group award winners, the Global Glasgow Youth Project, raised £25,000 to deliver aid and a peer education project to young people at the Khayelitsha township in Cape Town, South Africa. The group – comprising 14 teenage boys – had also established a scholarship fund to send young people from the township to university.
"Every year we hear amazing stories from young people across the country and this year is proving to be no different. We’ve had some really amazing entries already, but we know there are still young people out there who deserve to be recognised and have their stories told", added Emma.
"That’s why we want to hear from anyone who knows a young person, or group of young people, whose actions have made a positive impact and brightened someone’s life."
To make a nomination for the Humanitarian Citizen Awards, you can apply online at www.redcross.org.uk/theaward, email the British Red Cross Schools and Community Education Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call for an nomination form on 020 7877 7246 or write to:
Schools and community education department
British Red Cross
London EC2Y 9AL
Nominations close 25 September 2009.
Notes to editors
Photography of last year’s ceremony and stock imagery of young people volunteering is also included. For interviews with last year’s winners please contact: Sharon Reader (0141 891 4016) or Penny Sims (0207 877 7044).
The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.
We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.