George Clooney: Aurora Prize winner a ‘role model’ to us all

Filmmaker and philanthropist jokes that if he attended this year’s Aurora Humanitarian prize ceremony in Armenia, and “my wife had twins while I was there, I could never come home.”

George Clooney renewed his endorsement of a million dollar peace prize Sunday when he spoke of the power of “individuals to make a difference” in addressing the world’s various humanitarian crises.

In a video address at the awards ceremony of the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity, held late Sunday in Yerevan, Armenia, the Oscar-winning actor, humanitarian activists and father to be: “I really would have been [in Yerevan] but if I came there and my wife had twins while I was there, I could never come home.”

“I’m sorry I can’t be there with you in Yerevan, but I can say with all sincerity that I’m with you in spirit. As co-chair of Aurora Prize selection Committee, I’m impressed by this year’s finalists. All of them are modern-day heroes, individuals who put themselves at risk to help those in the greatest need,” Clooney said.

“The finalists are role models for all of us and demonstrate that individuals can truly make a difference. I believe we all have a role to play in global challenges,” he added.

“United we can make a difference,” Clooney stated.

The $1 Million Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity was awarded to Dr. Tom Catena, a Catholic missionary from Amsterdam, New York who has saved thousands of lives as the sole doctor permanently based in Sudan’s war-ravaged Nuba Mountains where humanitarian aid is restricted.

The Aurora Prize, granted by the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative on behalf of the survivors of the Armenian Genocide and in gratitude to their saviors, was announced at a ceremony in Yerevan, Armenia. He was selected as the 2017 Aurora Prize Laureate from more than 550 nominations submitted from 66 countries.

George Clooney, Academy Award-winning actor, Co-Founder of both The Sentry and Not On Our Watch, and Co-Chair of the Aurora Prize Selection Committee, commended Dr. Catena by stating, “As violence and war continue to threaten people’s spirits and perseverance, it is important to recognize, empower and celebrate people like Dr. Catena who are selflessly helping others to not only survive, but thrive. Dr. Catena is a role model to us all, and yet another example of people on the ground truly making a difference.”

Dr. Catena will receive a $100,000 grant and the opportunity to continue the cycle of giving by donating the accompanying $1,000,000 award to organizations of his choice. Dr. Catena will donate the award to three organizations:

  • African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), USA
  • Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB), USA
  • Aktion Canchanabury, Germany
Show More
Back to top button