The Messengers of Peace global initiative, which started in 2011, has nominated Hero Awards to five people in 2012. The Heroes of Messengers of Peace Awards were presented on Sunday 23rd September 2012 during the National Scout Celebrations of the 82nd Saudi Arabian National Day in the Al Jawf region in north-east Saudi Arabia. This presentation was done by HRH Prince Fahd bin Badr bin Abdulaziz al Saud - Governor of the Al Jawf Region, Mr Luc Panissod - Secretary General, WOSM and Prof Dr Abdullah Al-Fahad - President, Saudi Arabian Scout Association. The awards were given to Scouts and volunteers (in Scouting) who made a real difference in their communities through the Messengers of Peace initiatives.
The first “Heroes of Messengers of Peace Awards” (2012) has been awarded to:
• Donald Michel (Haiti) for his heroic action saving a policeman's life during the earthquake in Haiti;
• Rahmad Hidayat – a Rover Scout from Central Java in Indonesia, who, together with his group, has led wonderful projects to help unemployed young people in his community. Rahmad received the award on behalf of the National Rover Scout Committee of the Indonesian Scouts, Gerakan Pramuka, which has inspired nearly 2 million Scouts to become Messengers of Peace in the first year;
• Eagle Scout Anthony Thomas – the 2,000,000th Eagle Scout in the history of the Boy Scouts of America, who received the award on behalf of the National Eagle Scout Association of the BSA, who annually inspire over 50,000 Eagle Scouts to do amazing things in their communities and thus become Messengers of Peace;
• Abdulaziz Al Qosy – a Rover Scout from Riyadh, who has worked tirelessly in the Hajj Pilgrimage and the Environment Programme, who received the award on behalf of all the Messengers of Peace in Saudi Arabian Scouting; and lastly
• Colm Kavanagh of Ireland who has volunteered for over two years helping to build the MOP network and programs globally. Colm’s tireless efforts have helped to inspire millions of Scouts. Colm accepted the award on behalf of the over 3 million adult leaders who work quietly as volunteers helping young Scouts to excel.
From 2013 the MoP Hero Awards will be awarded annually to Scouts and volunteers who make a real difference in their communities, and whose actions have been reported on www.scoutmessengers.org