23 September 2010
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Young superheroes nominated for top Red Cross Award
• Young people from across UK nominated for Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen Awards
• Awards ceremony takes place 2 October 2010 at the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, London
The British Red Cross have announced the finalists of their Humanitarian Citizen Awards for 2010. The charity’s search for the UK’s young superheroes will come to an end on Saturday 2 October at the award ceremony at London’s Museum of Childhood.
Nominees include 3 year-old Jodi RIchards, who helped save her mum’s life after a severe asthma attack; Aaron Love, 15, from Livingston, who saved two young children from drowning, and 14-yr-old Sonny Hawkins, from Surrey, who campaigned on behalf of his community to get sports and recreational facilities for young people.
Sonny’s citizenship teacher Joanna Flynn at Carshalton Boys Sports College nominated him for the Red Cross award. She said: “What started out as a school project for pupils to think about issues they were concerned about in their local area became something much more to Sonny. In his own time over six months he wrote letter after letter to the council and the local MP for Sutton and Cheam Paul Burstow. He was so passionate about improving his local area and making a difference. It really is a remarkable achievement for a young boy to campaign like this in his spare time and the amount of money the borough was awarded as a result of his hard work will benefit people for years to come.”
Emma Johns, Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen Award coordinator, explained:
“They may not wear masks or capes, but sometimes ordinary young people do extraordinary things to help others. They help in lots of different ways- from giving first aid, to fundraising or campaigning on behalf of their local community.”
The Humanitarian Citizen Award is open to anyone aged 25 or under, who has made a positive impact on an individual or community. The four award categories cover volunteering, first aid, fundraising, or helping their community. The competition is open to anyone aged 25 and under, and includes individuals and groups. The Humanitarian Citizen Award is kindly sponsored by Canon, who have supported the award since it began in 2005.
The Humanitarian Citizen Award is an award by young people, for young people. The award is judged by a panel of under 25s, who will pick the winners of the four categories and the overall winner for 2010.
The British Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen Award was launched in April 2005 to recognise young people’s achievements and celebrates the contribution that young people make to the lives of others.
The award is for young people up to and including the age of 25 years, for their humanitarian action whether as part of a group or on their own, over a long period of time or as a one off act.
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.
For more information about the British Red Cross, please visit www.redcross.org.uk