2020 Award finaliSts

Home Irish Red Cross  Humanitarian Award Finalists 2020

After a vast number of nominations across all categories and a tough decision-making process, the finalists of the 2020 Irish Red Cross Humanitarian Awards have been chosen. 

Among the shortlisted nominees are Aubrey McCarthy, the co-founder of Tiglin, Avril Patterson, a nurse who is based in Yemen and Micheál (Mick) Ryan, who has been posthumously nominated for his work as an engineer for the UN. All three have been shortlisted for the Humanitarian of the Year award. Two nominees for the Innovation for Change award have been shortlisted thanks to their work using technology to help combat Covid-19. 

The winners will be announced in a live virtual ceremony on December 15th at 7pm. The recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award will also be honoured on the night. John Lonergan, who took home the Lifetime Achievement award in 2019, will give a keynote speech at the event. 

The awards seek to recognise those who have had a humanitarian impact on the lives of others through volunteering, skill-sharing, storytelling, or fundraising and will highlight the efforts of those who have given a voice to humanitarian issues.

People are invited to register for FREE tickets and view the full list of nominees for all six categories at www.humanitarianawards.ie 

Humanitarian of the Year 

Avril Patterson  

Originally from Bangor, Avril trained as a nurse before beginning her career in the humanitarian sector and joining the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in 2002.  

From travelling to Sri Lanka to support people in the aftermath of the 2005 tsunami to working in a teaching hospital in Afghanistan, Avril’s work has taken her all across the world. Often working in war-torn countries, Avril’s dedication to humanitarian causes has most recently brought her to Yemen, where she has seen first-hand the unimaginable conditions that many people are living in. These conditions have been made even more complicated due to Covid-19 and Avril and her team have been ensuring

Aubrey McCarthy  

Aubrey McCarthy is the Chairman and co-founder of Tiglin, an addiction services charity that also works with those who are homeless and vulnerable. Tiglin has beds for over 40 people in long term rehabilitation. 

In 2006, Aubrey set up the mobile “No Bucks” Café outreach for homeless people in Dublin, serving 150 meals to people each night and handing out clothes, sleeping bags and toiletries.  He is also the Chairman of DCM, who operate The Light House, a café that feeds homeless and vulnerable people in Dublin. Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, the charity has provided over 300 meals a day to the homeless people of Dublin. 

Mick Ryan  

An engineer for the United Nations’ World Food Programme, Mick worked tirelessly to ensure that vulnerable people in remote parts of the world had access to food and were protected from flooding and other disasters. 

Before his untimely death in a plane crash in 2019, Mick worked in one of the most remote parts of Ethopia, where he oversaw the design and building of the “Geeldoh” bridge. The bridge enabled the delivery of vital food and goods to the isolated population there. In Liberia, during the Ebola response in 2014, Mick set up two 200 bed Ebola treatment units within a six-week timeframe, putting himself at risk in order to complete to project on time.

Today in the Rohingya refugee camps near Cox’s Bazar, tens of thousands of refugees are housed in new settlements and safer areas as a result of Mick’s engineering. Now shielded from extreme weather events, the men, women and children there are more secure thanks to his humanitarian work. 

To see the full list nominees in all six award categories, visit www.humanitarianawards.ie