The winner of the 2010 Robert Burns Humanitarian Awards was announced last night (January 22nd) as Head of Islamic Relief (Scotland), a member of Disasters Emergency Committee, Habib Malik. Habib took time out from fundraising for the victims of the Haiti earthquake to collect his award and appealed to Scotland to show their support for the Haiti disaster relief project.
Receiving the award last night Habib said: “Firstly, I would just like to say how humbled I am to have been honoured with this Award and must say that I feel somewhat undeserving of having been placed alongside the past distinguished winners of this award. My work with Islamic Relief has never been for my sake, but for the sake of those voiceless millions around the world who scream, but are not heard. Robert Burns himself was born into poverty; and has been described as a poet of the poor, and an advocate for social change. The Robert Burns Humanitarian Award, now in its ninth year, is presented annually to a group or individual who has saved, improved or enriched the lives of others or society as a whole, through personal self-sacrifice, selfless service or 'hands on' charitable work.