George Clooney just wants to continue making the world a better place.
The actor taped a video message for the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity ceremony, which was being held in Yerevan, Armenia. Clooney could not make it to the award ceremony as his wife Amal Clooney is currently pregnant with the couple’s twins. With the due date in June, he did not want to miss the birth of their twins if they came early. “I really would have been in Yerevan, but if I came there and my wife had twins while I was there, I could never come home,” Clooney joked.
Clooney is part of its prize selection committee and is also the co-founder of organizations like The Sentry and Not On Our Watch. Over the years, he has put a focus on the humanitarian crises around the world, with his place on the Aurora Prize committee a part of that.
The award for this year’s Aurora Prize was given to Tom Catena, an American doctor and Catholic missionary. He has saved the lives of thousands as the only doctor based in Sudan’s war-torn Nuba Mountains.
When honouring Catena, Clooney said that he is a role model to everyone and that his efforts are an example of those on the ground attempting to help the world. “As violence and war continue to threaten people’s spirits and perseverance, it is important to recognize, empower and celebrate people like Dr. Catena who are selflessly helping others to not only survive, but thrive,” he said.