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Peace Prize goes to Syrian Arab Red Crescent

Wednesday 13 November 2013

Peace Prize goes to Syrian Arab Red Crescent

Dr Abdul Rahman Attar, President of Syrian Arab Red Crescent, receives the Prize for Peace and Humanity from Greg Vickery, Chairman of the Movement's Standing Commission.

In a moving ceremony yesterday, the entire General Assembly of more than 1000 delegates rose to their feet to pay tribute to Dr. Abdul Rahman Attar when he accepted the Red Cross Red Crescent Peace Prize on behalf of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.

Dr. Attar dedicated the award to the 31 volunteers who had lost their lives bringing relief and support to civilians and people injured in the conflict.

The Netherlands Red Cross' Princess Margriet delivered a heartfelt tribute via video, praising the tireless and honourable work of the volunteers in the Syria Arab Red Crescent.

Greg Vickery, Chairman Movement's Standing Commission presenting Pat Farmer with his award.

Also today, Australian Red Cross ambassador and ultra marathon runner Pat Farmer was recognised with a Red Cross award to honour his outstanding service to the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement.

In February 2012, Pat Farmer completed a gruelling 10-month, 21,000km journey from the North Pole to the South Pole for Red Cross, accomplishing one of the greatest human feats in history. Inspired by the vital work Red Cross is doing every day in communities around Australia and overseas, Pat also ran the length of Vietnam in January 2013.

"No Australian better embodies the spirit of humanity than Pat Farmer. He is a tireless advocate who has inspired the Australian public and people across the world to support Red Cross," said Australian Red Cross CEO, Mr Robert Tickner.