East Sussex animal welfare and conservation charity International Animal Rescue (IAR) is thrilled to announce that it has won its category at this year’s Charity Awards, the longest-running and most prestigious awards scheme in the charity sector.
IAR, whose head office is in Uckfield, was the winner in the ‘Environment and conservation’ category for its reforestation project in Borneo, which aims to protect orangutans and other critically endangered animals and their rainforest habitat.
The Charity Awards is the sector’s most highly-regarded excellence recognition scheme. All 28 shortlisted charities this year had been judged by an independent panel of sector leaders as having demonstrated best practice in leadership and management, from which other organisations can learn.
IAR’s project was described by the judges as “a really interesting development project which combined enterprise and community sustainability with positive environmental impact.”
This year’s charities had been judged by an independent panel of charity leaders as having demonstrated outstanding best practice in leadership and management, from which other organisations can learn.
The ten category winners, plus the recipients of the Overall Award for Excellence and the Daniel Phelan Award for Outstanding Achievement, were announced at a black-tie dinner on 5 June, held in the grounds of the Tower of London.
The evening was hosted by the Rev Richard Coles, who was joined by a host of celebrities, representatives of the shortlisted charities, as well as leaders from Britain’s best known and best loved charities.
Matthew Nolan, chief executive of Civil Society Media, which organises the Charity Awards, congratulated International Animal Rescue on winning the highly-coveted award. He said:
“Once again we received a record number of entries to the Charity Awards, and the breadth and quality of the work being done by charities across the sector continues to astonish. International Animal Rescue should be very proud to have won its category.
“For 20 years the Charity Awards have been identifying and celebrating the fantastic work that UK charities do. Our rigorous judging process highlights those charities with the most innovative ideas and the most effective approaches to delivering real change.”
Alan Knight OBE, IAR Chief Executive, said:
“We are delighted and incredibly proud to have won this prestigious award. IAR is known for its animal rescue operations but this award recognises our conservation work restoring the precious habitat which orangutans and other critically endangered species need to survive. Our project inspires and empowers local communities to protect the rainforest which they depend on for their livelihoods and it is proving vital to the long-term future of both people and wildlife.”