The official launch of TADHA took place on Thursday 9th October 2014 at a fantastic event in Summerhall, Edinburgh.
The Annie Dow Heroism Award (TADHA) is a new award that has been established to recognise and celebrate true acts of heroism amongst young people (up to the age of 30) with additional support needs living in Scotland.
TADHA is inspired by Annie Dow, the young woman who is also the inspiration behind Mindroom. Annie has additional support needs, she saved the lives of her mother, father, family friend and her dog Hamish when she calmly raised the alarm after discovering a fire (in the middle of the night) which destroyed their family home. TADHA has been made possible by an anonymous donor who gifted £20,000 to set up TADHA. The donor, who formerly served in HM Armed Forces, has a combination of training and experience which enables him to understand and appreciate how people react under pressure.
A prize of £2,500 will be awarded to the TADHA winning hero. The two runners up will receive a cheque for £500 each. However, everyone who is nominated for a TADHA is already a hero.
Applications are welcome between 9th October – 31st December. The Judging Panel meet on 21st January to decide who the first TADHA hero will be and a big award ceremony
(think Oscars, but perhaps a little less grand) will follow in Edinburgh (February 2015).