The Awards ceremony will be compered by Lisa CannonThe Humanitarian of the Year Award will be the most hotly contested category on the nightA number of leading Irish business minds have been selected as judges for the AwardsThe Journalism Excellence Award will recognise outstanding contribution to humanitarian storytelling in the media.

Several Irish business leaders were today announced as judges for the Irish Red Cross Humanitarian Awards.

The awards ceremony will take place at the Irish Red Cross Ball which is being compered by television presenter Lisa Cannon on Saturday 24 November.

Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland is joined on the judging panel by Mary Rose Burke, CEO of Dublin Chamber, Dr Niall Holohan, Chamber of the Arab Irish Chamber of Commerce, Peter O’Halloran, Brigadier General with the Irish Defence Forces, Liam O’Brien, Director of Strategy & External Affairs Vodafone, Derry Gray, Partner in BDO and Professor Hannah McGee, Dean & Chief Academic Officer at RCSI.

The Humanitarian of the Year Award is a major honour bestowed by the Irish Red Cross and will be the most hotly contested on the night. The Society will also bestow a very special honour on the Irish Defence Forces in recognition of the extraordinary humanitarian work of the men and women serving as peacekeepers overseas, with 2018 marking the 60th anniversary of Ireland’s first peacekeeping deployment in 1958.

The remaining awards categories are the Journalism Excellence Award, Corporate Impact Award, Innovation for Change Award and Student Humanitarian Award. The Journalism Excellence Award recognises outstanding contribution to humanitarian storytelling in the media. The nominee should have published or broadcast their work over the last 24 months through a recognised media channel.

Entrants for the awards may be self-nominated or nominated by others.

Tara Justin of the Irish Red Cross said; “the awards seek to recognise those who have had a humanitarian impact on the lives of others and we want to highlight the efforts of those who have given a voice to humanitarian issues. If you have a humanitarian achievement you’re proud of, the Irish Red Cross wants to hear from you!”

Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland said “I am delighted to be involved with the Irish Red Cross Humanitarian Awards and to be associated with the effort to shine a light on the work of extraordinary individuals, who help address significant humanitarian issues, and in the process they really make a difference to the lives of ordinary people, all over the world.”

The Irish Red Cross Humanitarian Awards Ball will honour humanitarian achievements while raising much needed funds for vulnerable children and families in Ireland and overseas. Visit www.ball.redcross.ie for more information.


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