Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award

The audrey hepburn humanitarian award recognizes individuals and organizations who have made extraordinary contributions on behalf of children through advocacy, volunteer work, philanthropic efforts, educational and innovative community-based programs.
World renowned artist and sculptor John Kennedy created the cast bronze award which measures 20 inches tall and is a replica of the artist's 7 foot statue, The Spirit of Audrey.  This full scale bronze was commissioned by Ms. Hepburn's long-time companion, Robert Wolders, and dedicated in May 2002, at the UNICEF House located at the United Nations Plaza in New York City.

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is honored to present the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award to Ken Hayami, Executive Director of the Japan Committee for UNICEF. Ken has accepted the award on behalf of all the Japan Committee for UNICEF staff members who responded so tirelessly and fearlessly to the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011.
Under Ken Hayami's leadership, the Japan Committee partnered with UNICEF emergency relief experts from around the globe to help children and their families whose homes, schools, and communities had been toppled or washed away by this double disaster. Despite risks, UNICEF provided emergency medical relief and healthcare for pregnant women, babies, the elderly and other vulnerable victims. It distributed food supplements and vitamin-fortified rice and supplied bottled water, clothing, hygiene products, diapers, and toys to families in temporary shelters. To help children continue their education and regain a sense of normalcy, it helped rebuild schools and the provided learning and recreation kits. Nearly nine months after this unforgettable tragedy, Ken Hayami and his team continue to make a difference for Japan's children. We honor them for their unflagging service.

The 2010 Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award was presented by Sean Hepburn Ferrer and awarded to Francoise Gruloos-Ackermans and all the staff working around the clock to rebuild Haiti. 
"...On January 12 of this year, a terrible quake hit the country of Haiti. Fortunately, UNICEF had been present in the country for years and was ready to respond.  Almost a year after the quake hit, cholera has again raised its sickle. UNICEF and its humanitarian partners had been able to keep it at bay until now. Again, humanitarian organizations were keeping a country afloat.
Leading the Haitian team is a woman of unprecedented vision, dedication, gentleness and whose never ending tenacity is being tested daily. She is a scholar and professor... a long-time UNICEF advocate... and a passionate defender of the rights of children ...From Burundi ...where the children call her "Mama UNICEF" ...to the Comoros islands, where the Grand Mufti has declared her "The Mother of all the islands' children" ... whether in Madagascar, Cuba, the Dominican Republic or Haiti, she has bravely and tirelessly embodied UNICEF's mission..."

This year two audrey hepburn humanitarian awards have been presented.
The first to Irena Sendler (1910-2008), a former Polish resistance fighter responsible for saving the lives of 2,500 Jewish children during the WWII German occupation of Poland.
The second, during the annual UNICEF Snowflake Gala in New York, to Ted Chaiban.
Since 1997, Ted Chaiban has worked tirelessly on behalf of UNICEF beginning as Deputy Chief for Operation Lifeline Sudan, as a Country Representative in Sri Lanka, in his capacity managing UNICEF's response to the crisis in Darfur, and in his current position as Country Representative in Ethiopia. Accepting on Ted Chaiban's behalf was Mrs. Prudence Chaiban.

2008 June

This year the audrey hepburn humanitarian award was presented at UNICEF's annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Kul Chandra Gautam received the award for his unending dedication and service to children in need around the world.  Mr. Gautam, a citizen of Nepal, is the former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Drirector of UNICEF.

2007 November
The audrey hepburn humanitarian award was presented to the Pantaleoni Family at the fourth annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball in New York City, 2007.

2006 November
Two audrey hepburn humanitarian awards were presented in 2006 at the third annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball in New York City. Amy Robbins received the award for demonstrating visionary and transformative leadership through the establishment of The Mercury Fund for Emergency Response. This Fund provides UNICEF with a readily accessible pool of dedicated resources in the critical stages of humanitarian crises.

Dr. Bjorn Ljungqvist received the award for his extraordinary and successful efforts to protect the lives of children during the 2002-2003 famine in Ethiopia. Dr. Ljungqvist's, "Iringa Nutrition Programme" in Tanzania is now considered a standard nutritional program around the world.

2005 November
In 2005, four audrey hepburn humanitarian awards were awarded. Pamela Fiori, Editor-in-Chief of Town & Country, received an audrey hepburn humanitarian award%u2122 at the second annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball in New York City, for her continuing efforts to raise funds and awareness on behalf of UNICEF.

In addition, three Special audrey hepburn humanitarian awards%u2122 were given to Bob Geldof, Bono, and one.org for their unwavering dedication to bring economic stability and basic human rights to millions of people around the world.

2004 November
The first audrey hepburn humanitarian award was given to Sir Roger Moore for his continued humanitarian efforts as a UNICEF International Goodwill Ambassador. Initially introduced to UNICEF by Audrey, Sir Roger Moore has been actively involved with UNICEF for over fifteen years. His award was presented at the first annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball in New York City, 2004.

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