The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust has been shortlisted from hundreds of entries in the International Aid and Development category of The Charity Awards 2012, the sector’s most prestigious excellence recognition scheme.
The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust has been shortlisted from hundreds of entries in the International aid and development category of The Charity Awards 2012, the sector’s most prestigious excellence recognition scheme.
The Charity Awards shortlist was announced today (May 3, 2012) and the winners will be announced at a “glittering ceremony” in London on June 14, 2012 – seen as the highest profile event in the charity calendar.
The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust has been shortlisted alongside just two other charities, and was selected for its “imaginative project to reduce rural poverty, improve equine management and welfare and provide employment in rural areas by organising the training of equine support technicians such as farriers, harness makers and paravets”.
The trust also teaches in schools and to farmers groups.
Award organiser Daniel Phelan said: “For 13 years The Charity Awards programme has celebrated the exceptional work that takes place within the voluntary sector and the dramatic effects that charities have on a wide spectrum of social needs.
“The rigorous judging process means that only the very best walk away with prizes, bestowing on them one of the highest accolades in the sector. In being shortlisted The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust has already demonstrated that it is amongst the best managed charities in the UK.”
“I wish them and all shortlisted charities the best of luck on the night,” he added.
Project leader Heather Armstrong said the trust’s team of Gambian staff, volunteers, the British veterinary profession and the charity’s supporters must take credit for the charity’s achievements, but added: “We are immensely proud to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award … We would like to thank both the organisers and the judges of the awards for helping to make our tenth anniversary year so special.”
If the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust wins its category it will also be in the running to pick up the Overall Award for Excellence, which is selected from the 10 category winners.
- Further details of the awards can be found at www.civilsociety.co.uk/charityawards.