Aviation Group Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

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a href="http://www.wings-of-hope.org/" target="_blank">Wings of Hope, a charitable flying group based in St. Louis, Mo., is on a list of nominees for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, the Air Care Alliance said this week. The group is one of 237 candidates for the prize, the largest number ever. Each nominee is selected by a qualified nominator who works with the Nobel Committee to identify deserving groups and individuals around the world. "This is a great honor to all of our volunteers and donors," Wings of Hope President Doug Clements told the Bellville News Democrat. "They are the ones who see the humanity of our fellow men and who seek to extend the hand of human kindness to them." By the end of March, the Nobel committee will reduce the nominee list to a short list of prospects, and in October, the Nobel laureates will be announced.

Wings of Hope works with about 3,000 volunteers and a paid staff of only five to provide those in need with health care and aerial transportation from 155 bases in 45 countries. The nonprofit group is non-sectarian and non-political. It was founded in 1962 and has won many awards in the past. Clements said the group was contacted by a Nobel committee nominator several months ago, and he was later told the group had been selected for consideration. Clements told the St. Louis Business Journal that he doesn't expect his group will win, but "It's just an honor" to be nominated. The prize comes with a cash gift of about $1 million.