media16Wed. Nov 14 – 4:47 AMTONIGHT’S Canadian Red Cross dinner at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax will serve double duty. The gala
event honours two deserving individuals with Humanitarian Awards and raise funds to continue the good works performed daily by the venerable body.

The Red Cross is synonymous with helping fellow human beings cope with the unexpected in life. The group offers help and comfort to those whose normal lives have been rudely interrupted by unforeseen circumstances.

The two people being honoured at tonight’s gala dinner personify the spirit of the Red Cross. Ruth Goldbloom of Halifax will receive the Nova Scotia branch’s 2007 Humanitarian Award, becoming the seventh Nova Scotian so honoured. Sunyata Choyce of Lawrencetown will be presented with the 2007 Young Humanitarian Award, the first time this province has recognized the efforts of young volunteers.

Lt.-Gov. Mayann Francis attended the Canadian Red Cross 2007 Humanitarian Award gala in Halifax, where she presented the 2007 Humanitarian Award to Ruth Goldbloom and the inaugural Red Cross Young Humanitarian Award to Sunyata Choyce.

Ms. Goldbloom is a household name when it comes to good works, her contributions legendary to making her community, province and country a better place to live. She’s best known for spearheading efforts to restore and reopen Pier 21 on the Halifax waterfront, but has kept busy with a host of other worthy causes.

Ms. Choyce is a founding director of the Children’s Overseas Learning Opportunities and Resources, or Colours. Established in 2004 and based in Nova Scotia, the agency provides resource materials and education activities to children in more than adozen developing countries.

The work of the Canadian Red Cross has spanned generations, an achievement to be fittingly recognized at tonight’s ceremony.

Last updated at 7:26 AM on 15/11/07