HAL Establishes The Shared Humanity Award, Honours Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Desmond Tutu (left) and Orlando Ashford

Holland America Line has established the Shared Humanity Award that, every year, will honour someone who is a leader and change-maker, and who has dedicated their life to inspiring others.  

The first award was recently given to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the former Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, in recognition of his lifetime spent championing equality, inclusion and peace.

Holland America Line president Orlando Ashford presented this first Shared Humanity Award to Archbishop Tutu during a ceremony held on 4APR aboard Amsterdam in Cape Town, during a stop on its Grand World Voyage. Guests also heard highlights of the Archbishop’s life from Robert V. Taylor, president of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation in New York, who was in Cape Town for the event. Also in attendance was Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation.

Ashford presented a $40,000 donation on behalf of Holland America Line to the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation in commemoration of the award, which – together with a menu from dinner on board Amsterdam following the award program – will be showcased in the Archbishop’s museum once completed in Cape Town.

“Holland America Line is guided by the belief that travel changes the way we look at the world and helps create a path toward acceptance. By establishing the Shared Humanity Award, we can pay tribute to those who have inspired us and millions of others,” said Ashford. “We are incredibly honoured to give the first Shared Humanity Award to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, one of the world's foremost human rights activists and spiritual leaders, who has dedicated his life to spreading peace, freedom, justice and democracy around the globe.”  

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