Sharon Cummins presented with The Hugh O'Flaherty Humanitarian Award

07 November, 2009

Sharon Cummins is presented with the  Inaugural Award Hugh O'Flaherty Humanitarian Award

Sharon Cummins was presented the first Hugh O’Flaherty International Humanitarian Award in Killarney on Saturday November 7th by Michael Gleeson the Killarney Town Mayor.

Sharon's father also accepted an award on behalf of Hilda Kawaki.

Over the past few months Irish NGO’s were invited to nominate a colleague(s) working overseas, who they felt had displayed the same ideals and principals of the Monsignor and would be deserving of this Award.  Six of these agencies were shortlisted and they are: - Goal, Trocaire, Medecins Sans Frontieres, Plan Ireland, Hope Foundation and Children in Crossfire.

Out of these six agencies, four had independently nominated Sharon Cummins and her fellow hostage Hilda Kawuki for the Award.  These agencies were Goal, Concern, Plan Ireland and Trocaire.

The Hugh O’Flaherty International Humanitarian Award is part of the Hugh O’Flaherty Memorial Weekend which in November of each year.