Sean Penn accepted the 2012 Peace Summit Award from Nobel Peace Prize laureates Wednesday (April 25) for his humanitarian work in Haiti.
“It’s an overused phrase I know, but I trust you know it’s genuine today, I am humbled. I’m trembling and I like it,” Penn said after accepting the award from former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, who was joined on stage by the Dalai Lama and former Polish President Lech Walesa, according to the Associated Press.
The Oscar-winning actor used the opportunity to urge people to help the country, which was ravaged by a devastating earthquake in January 2010. More than 300,000 people were killed in Haiti and at least 1.5 million were left homeless.
Penn, who spends at least half on his time in Haiti, is the first non-Haitian to be designated an ambassador-at-large for President Michel Martelly. The actor is also CEO of aid group J/P Haitian Relief Organization.
Congratulations to Penn on his award and all of his outstanding work in Haiti.