Awards to PREDA & Fr. Shay
Since its inception, PREDA Foundation and Fr. Shay Cullen have been awarded with many humanitarian and human rights awards. This page gives more information on the individual awards received.
THE MONSIEUR HUGH O’FLAHERTY INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN AWARD 2016(Ireland)
The 2016 Hugh O’Flaherty International Award took place on November 5th, Saturday at an Award Ceremony in Killarney Avenue Hotel.
Marks the ninth year of the Memorial Commemoration of the Monsignor, organised to raise awareness of the Humanitarian work carried out by the Monsignor, when during WW2, together with his colleagues in the Rome Escape Line, he saved over 6,500 people from the clutches of the Nazis who had occupied Rome at the time.
HUMANITARIAN AWARD AT THE METEOR AWARDS, 2009: The 2009 Meteor Music Awards ceremony took place on March 17, 2009 in the RDS, Dublin. It was the ninth edition of Ireland’s national music awards. The event was recorded and aired on RTÉ Two on 18 March 2009. The awards show was hosted by television presenter Amanda Byram. Fr. Shay Cullen received the Humanitarian Award Presented by Pat Kenny and Conor Carmody.
THE INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY PRIZE, 2008: Awarded by the prestigious World Medical Child Care Associations headed by prominent professors and gynecologists. The groups who awarded Fr. Shay Cullen the prize, on October 9, 2008 in the 180-year-old Academy of Medical Practice in Barcelona, were:
- The World Association of Perinatal Medicine (WAPM)
- International Academy of Perinatal Medicine (IAPM)
- The International Society “The Fetus as Patient
According to the opening remarks of Dr. Jose M. Carrera, President of the organizers Matres Mundi, the charitable organization with mother and child care projects all over the world, Father Shay Cullen has established and leads a most progressive and far reaching PREDA Organization that has international reach and impact through its advocacy of the rights of trafficked and sexually exploited children and women and the imprisonment of children and youth. The natural value filled life-style at the Preda homes, that transforms the life of the traumatized children and the community developing project, promotes community and family peace.
Read Fr. Shay Cullen’s speech – THE SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN – by following the link.
INTERNATIONAL PERSON OF THE YEAR AWARD, 2008: Fr. Shay and PREDA were awarded the International Person of the Year Award on September 13, 2008 in Dublin, Ireland. The award was organized by REHAB and the RTE National Television Station of Ireland.
The People of the Year Awards, organized by REHAB and sponsored by QUINN-healthcare, provide a unique opportunity for the Irish public to honour outstanding contributions by individuals to life on the island. Nominations are welcomed on an all-island basis.
Each year, members of the public nominate people who have enhanced the quality of life in Ireland, increased civic pride, or through acts of bravery have touched the lives of the community.
The list of winners since the awards began in 1975 reads like a who’s who of Irish life over more than a quarter of a century: John Hume, Padraig Harrington, Mo Mowlam, Brian Keenan, Veronica Guerin, Sir Bob Geldof, Seamus Heaney and Maeve Binchy are just some of the previous award winners.
But in addition to these household names, a particular focus of the event is the “unsung heroes” who have made a difference at community level. The award recipients are chosen from the public nominations by adjudicators comprising leading members of the media, business, public service and community sectors.
The 2008 awards were televised live by RTÉ One on Saturday, 13th September 2008.
RADHARC AWARD, 2004: A film about children’s rights campaigner, Fr. Shay Cullen has won the Radharc Award 2004. Entitled ‘Fr Shay Cullen: Taking a Stand’ and produced by Annette Kinne Andec Communications, the documentary was filmed on location in the Philippines, Germany, Britain and Ireland.
PRIX CARITAS, 2003: Fr. Shay personally received the Prix Caritas presented by Jürg Krummenacher of Caritas Switzerland in the Kultur-and-Kongresszentrum (KKL) in Luzern, Switzerland on July 10, 2003.
In 2003, Fr. Shay was awarded the first Prix Caritas by Caritas Switzerland, an award to be given yearly to a personality who is working in a social, inter-cultural field or in the international cooperation area. It was given to Preda in honour of its initiatives and extraordinary engagement for children in need.
NOBEL PEACE PRICE Nomination, 2003: On September 20, 2002 Christa Nickels, German MP nominated Fr. Shay for the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize.
On October 3, 2002 Canadian MP Hon. David Kilgour of Edmonton Southeast nominated Fr. Shay for the Nobel Peace Prize.
NOBEL PEACE PRIZE Nomination, 2001: In 2000, Fr. Shay was nominated for the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.
PREMIO CITTA DI FERRARA, 2001: In 2001, Fr. Shay received the Premio Citta di Ferrara from the Associazione Gruppo Ferrara based in Italy. He personally received this award in April 2001 in Italy.
EDMONTON CONFERENCE Keynote, 2000: Fr. Shay visited Alberta during the first week of May 2000 as the keynote speaker at the Pre2000 conference on human rights and on the environment held from May 1-7, 2000. During this time, members of SJSTC had the opportunity to meet with him at the University of Alberta, home of Hank and Tillie Zyp and at the apartment of Terence and Laurie Smyth.
WEIMAR HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD, 2000: Fr. Shay received the 2000 Human Rights Award of the City of Weimar. He visited Weimar in January 2001 to attend the second civic reception and to acknowledge the human rights award. He was back in Weimar from September 29 to October 2, 2002 for public presentations and speech before the city council.
BETINHO PRIZE, 2000: Preda was shortlisted for the 2000 Association for Progressive Communications (APC) Betinho Communications Prize because of the website www.preda.org and the use of the internet for human rights campaign.