Thursday 21 July
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The British Red Cross has today (Wednesday 29 June 2011) awarded Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu its prestigious Humanity Award. The award honours people who reflect the values of the Red Cross movement and have a long history of, and a dedication to, humanitarian work.
The anti-apartheid campaigner was chosen to receive the award in celebration and recognition of his humanitarian endeavours and the positive impact he has made on the world and the lives of vulnerable people. He is a Nobel Peace Laureate, and has also been honoured for bringing the global issues of HIV/Aids, TB, racism and poverty onto the political agenda.
Archbishop Tutu, 79, was presented with his award by the South African Red Cross President Mr Nqe Dlamini and Secretary General Ms Mandisa Kalako-Williams at his office in Cape Town, South Africa.
Speaking following the presentation, Archbishop Tutu said: ““I would like to thank the British Red Cross for this Humanity Award. It is a great honour to receive this award as I have long been a supporter of the Red Cross, and an admirer of the good that this organisation has done for people in need throughout the world. The Red Cross has always been able to reach people in crisis in places that others can not, and I urge everyone to support them in their mission to end suffering.”
Archbishop Tutu rose to fame in the 1980s as an anti-apartheid campaigner and was the first black South African Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town. Since then he has been vocal in the fight against HIV/AIDS and TB and has also spoken out in the defence of human rights and against homophobia, poverty, environmental degradation and racism.
Sir Nicholas Young, Chief Executive of the British Red Cross said: “Archbishop Desmond Tutu truly embodies the values of the Red Cross movement and so was a natural choice for this award. During his life he has fought tirelessly for the oppressed and has brought issues affecting vulnerable people across the world onto the political agenda such as HIV/Aids, racism, poverty and TB.”
Previous recipients of the British Red Cross Humanity Award include Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton and Sir Bob Geldof.
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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.