Humanitarian of the Year Award

The Irish Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year award is the highest honour bestowed by the organisation.

This Award’s intent is to build awareness – not only for the dedicated work of a person or group who have remained steadfast in their commitment to reduce suffering – but it is for all of us to see what is possible when selfless people act in support of others.

The Irish Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year will have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in a project or endeavour that has had a positive impact on the lives of others. This individual will have demonstrated courage and creativity, the power to inspire others, the ability to lead – and to follow.

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.

Tammy Darcy – Humanitarian of the Year.

Tammy Darcy founded The Shona Project and has since done amazing work with over 14,000 girls in schools across Ireland. In order to support the girls during COVID, when schools were closed, she developed SHINE Festival, which was attended by over 40,000 girls.

In October of this year, SHINE Festival won a gold award for digital innovation at the IMRO Awards. She is a published author and an accomplished public speaker, and she tells her story, and that of all the girls she has met along the way beautifully.