On March 10, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling received the British Red Cross’s Humanity Award in Edinburgh.
The Red Cross awarded Rowling for her work through her charity for disadvantaged children, Lumos, and the organization Gingerbread for one-parent families, in addition for her advocacy for various humanitarian causes.
According to the Red Cross website, the award “honors prominent philanthropists and humanitarians whose work has changed people’s lives across the world.” Previous recipients of the British Red Cross Humanity Award have included Nelson Mandela, Sir Bob Geldof and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Receiving the award from British Red Cross CEO Mike Adamson, J.K. Rowling said: “I have long admired the impact of the Red Cross’s work in the aftermath of conflict or a disaster and it is a privilege to help support it. I am truly honoured to accept this Red Cross Humanity Award and to find myself in such distinguished company.” (Source).
CEO Mike Adamson stated: “Few people can have touched as many lives through their generosity and courage to speak out as J.K. Rowling – she is an inspiration to others.”
As the announcement from the Red Cross notes, in 2000 the author established the Volant Charitable Trust, “which supports a wide number of causes related to inequality and social deprivation. The trust has supported the Red Cross and its disaster appeals over a number of years,” the post reads.
For more information, see the Red Cross website.