Gary Ware Legacy Award

30 March 2020, 15:42 UTC |

 

A YOUTH-LED, YOUTH-POWERED AWARD TO INSPIRE HUMAN RIGHTS ACTION

 

 

A WORLD BASED ON KINDNESS, JUSTICE AND LOVE – YOU CAN HELP MAKE IT HAPPEN!

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Are you passionate about human rights? Do you have a creative idea for how to motivate people to do good? Would you like to help build a world based on love, justice, kindness and compassion? Are you ready to stand with humanity? Then read on!

Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand is thrilled to announce the Gary Ware Legacy Award. As a celebration of Gary’s life and his commitment to human rights, we are launching a new annual award in 2020. Each year, a young New Zealander or group will receive up to $4000 to make their human rights vision a reality. This is your chance to go big and be the change you want to see in the world.

We’re looking for creativity. We’re looking for positive impact. We’re looking for connection with people. We’re looking for new ways to build hope. We’re looking for young people to lead the way.

When we stand together, humanity wins. We need more people – far more – to join the movement and take action. What’s your big idea to get more people speaking out, holding those in power to account and changing the system to be more fair?

It’s time for one giant leap. It’s time to empower young people to have a bold vision for the future, with the tools to make it happen. That’s what the Gary Ware Legacy Award is all about.

UP TO $4000 FOR YOUR HUMAN RIGHTS IDEA!

 

Amnesty International doesn’t just believe in the power of humanity, we believe in the power of youth – and not at some unnamed point in the future when today’s youth are running the show, but here. Now.

Young people around the world are showing that they have the knowledge, the vision, the organising skills, the creativity and the determination to be a major part of the transformation of our societies. Greta Thunberg and the Fridays for Future movement aren’t the first, but they’re a tremendously inspiring recent example of youth power.

It’s only right that young people have a real say in the move towards a more fair and sustainable world where everyone, no matter what their background, can live a life of dignity. A life where they can set their own direction and make their own choices.

That’s why Amnesty International and the Ware family are providing this opportunity for young people in Aotearoa New Zealand. We believe in you. This is your chance to dream. Have you ever looked around at the world and thought, “How unfair!”? Have you ever come up with a great way to do something about it, only to get stopped short because you didn’t have the resources to actually pull it off? Well, we’re here to help.

So get your friends together and start brainstorming. What could you do to inspire a massive number of people to stand up and take action? What levers of power could you pull to steer governments and corporations towards respecting and defending human rights?

TALK TO FRIENDS, MAKE A PLAN, HAVE FUN AND GET YOUR APPLICATIONS IN! 

 

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GARY WARE 1938 - 2018

Gary was a passionate human rights advocate who inspired young people to get involved during his decades-long support of Amnesty International.

A lover of music, Gary organised many concerts and events to raise awareness and funds for human rights.

He served multiple terms on the Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand Board, helping our section to become a campaigning force domestically and a strong contributor to the movement globally.

In addition, Gary was Co-leader of the Amnesty International Tauranga Moana Group, which over the years wrote thousands of letters on behalf of prisoners of conscience. A highlight was when the group received a personal response from Chelsea Manning when she was released from prison in the United States.

"Gary was with us for four decades as part of the Tauranga group. Nothing was too small or too great for him, if he saw a need he filled it. He will be greatly missed and we are deeply grateful to Gary and the Ware family for gifting this award. It’s humbling coming from a family full of rights advocates steeped in NZ history and it will offer yet another opportunity of empowerment for youth in New Zealand. This shows just how meaningful a single bequest can be. It really is a beautiful lasting legacy of Gary’s life." - Margaret Taylor, Community Manager at Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand

 

If you haven't already applied, head here!