Humanitarian Organisation of the Year

The Irish Red Cross Humanitarian Organisation of the Year will have made an outstanding contribution to the lives of others through their work and commitment to making positive change to their community.

This work could be in one of the following areas: disaster relief, human development, refugee assistance, civil society, equitable economic development, health, environment, education, population or public policy.

Judging Criteria

Entries will be judged on the following:

  • How the nominee(s) made an outstanding contribution to humanitarian work/ issues
  • How many people were impacted/ reached/ influenced/ educated by the work of the nominee(s)
  • How much of a lasting impact the nominee(s) is making on the lives of others
  • How the nominee(s) and/ or their story is inspiring others to make change
  • How compelling you tell your/ your nominee(s) story
  • Nominees must be Irish or Ireland based

Samaritans Ireland – Humanitarian Organisation of the Year 2024.

Samaritans’ relentless commitment to providing emotional support 24/7 underscores their pivotal role in suicide prevention and mental health advocacy in Ireland.

Originally founded in the UK over 70 years ago by one man with one phone, the organisation has grown to more than 20,000 volunteers, including 1,500 volunteers in Ireland. Samaritans offers a lifeline to individuals in crisis, embodying the spirit of compassion and solidarity. Based in 16 locations nationwide, volunteers answer more than 1,000 calls for help every day – that is 400,000 calls for help each year; one call every 60 seconds.

Samaritans’ volunteers and staff continuously try to target those hard-to-reach groups most at risk of suicide through a variety of projects and campaigns including the Listener programme run through the Irish Prison Service, Emigrant Support, rural isolation and community projects.