At the end of each year, Hubert Burda Media presents the BAMBI media prize, which is donated by publisher Dr. Hubert Burda, to people who have particularly touched or inspired the German public that year.
The winners are chosen by the BAMBI jury headed by Dr. Burda. The jury awards the “golden deer” in six categories including film, commitment, charity and sports. There is also an audience BAMBI, which is chosen by direct vote among TV viewers. Each year, the BAMBI awards is one of the biggest media events in Germany. Recognized without prompting by a full 94 percent of Germans, Germany’s most prestigious media prize is absolutely unique – in Germany, it is even more well known than Hollywood’s legendary Academy Awards, the Oscars.
In 2004, Nelson Mandela and Jürgen Schrempp were presented with the honorary BAMBI for their outstanding commitment to the fight against AIDS in South Africa. This was a great honor for both exceptional men, who also maintain a close friendship.
Jürgen Schrempp: “I would like to thank Hubert Burda Verlag and Hubert Burda for presenting this prize for the battle against HIV and AIDS and thereby providing a broad platform for these topics. Nelson Mandela is, without a doubt, one of the most inspiring men of our times. I can only congratulate the jury for presenting the BAMBI to him. It is a great honor for me to receive the award together with him.” And Nelson Mandela, joining in via video from South Africa said about Jürgen Schrempp: “May I say that it is a matter of great satisfaction to me that I can accept this prize together with Jürgen Schrempp. I know no other entrepreneur who is as committed to the fight against HIV/AIDS as my good friend Jürgen.”
The speech in honor of the award-winners was delivered by Sabine Christiansen, who herself, as ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund, is also heavily involved in Africa. South African ambassador Moses Chikane accepted the prize on behalf of Mandela, who was unable to travel.
South Africa has the biggest HIV epidemic in the world, with 7.7 million people living with HIV.
“THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, NELSON MANDELA IS A SYMBOL FOR TOLERANCE AND RECONCILIATION.”
Jürgen E. Schrempp
UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfil their potential, from early childhood through adolescence. And they never give up.