Aurora Prize laureate Tom Catena honored by HayPost. A special commemorative stamp released

June 7th, 2018 would like to inform that HayPost has issued a new international postage stamp in cooperation with the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative to honor Tom Catena. The stamp depicting the doctor who saved thousands of lives in Sudan was designed by Alla Mingalyova, a member of the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative team.

Tom Catena, a Catholic missionary from Amsterdam, New York, was named as Aurora Prize Laureate on May 28, 2017. He has saved thousands of lives as the sole surgeon permanently based in Sudan’s war-ravaged Nuba Mountains where humanitarian aid is restricted. He was selected as the 2017 Aurora Prize Laureate from more than 550 nominations submitted from 66 countries

“Apart from historical and material significance, this small image carries moral value and promotes humanity worldwide,” Armenian Minister of Transport, Communication and IT Ashot Hakobyan said at the ceremony.

Dr. Catena is the second Aurora Hero to receive a commemorative stamp. For a year now, the letters from Armenia carry the stamps dedicated to the inaugural Aurora Laureate, Marguerite Barankitse. The Aurora stamp is also a fundraising stamp. HayPost issued a donation coupon for AMD 150 attached to the postage stamp, which means the company will donate proceeds from the sale of the stamps to the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative.


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