2.18.01 - Belfast Telegraph
By Gary Grattan
ROCK superstar Bono has nominated international relief and development agency Goal - which has an office in Belfast - for the world's largest humanitarian award worth $1m.
The U2 singer has written to the Conrad N Hilton Foundation in Los Angeles to recommend that the charity be presented with that organisation's annual humanitarian award.
The award was set up "to honour a volunteer, charitable or non-governmental organisation that has made extraordinary contributions toward alleviating human suffering". In his letter, Bono says that he first encountered the work of Goal in Ethiopia during the major famine of 1984/85.
"Goal was one of the first agencies to respond to the terrible plight of the Ethiopian people and has remained with them to this day," he wrote.
Goal director John O'Shea said it was a great honour to be nominated.
"While we are not in this business for awards or recognition - our only concern is for the poorest of the poor in the Third World - everyone is delighted to have been nominated," he said.
"It is especially pleasing to have been nominated by Bono because his commitment to humanitarian and environmental causes is well-known worldwide."Goal was founded in Dublin in 1977 by Mr O'Shea and four friends and since then has responded to almost every major disaster across the globe.
In the last 24 years it has raised more than 80m pounds for third world programmes and sent over 700 volunteers to 20 countries.
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