The NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS) presented the 13th NSW Humanitarian Awards on Monday 21 June, in partnership with the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA).
The NSW Humanitarian Awards are officially presented annually during Refugee Week to acknowledge and thank those people who have made an exceptional positive contribution towards refugee issues in NSW. This year, Refugee Week celebrates the theme “UNITY – The Way Forward”.
Over the years, the Humanitarian Awards have honoured community leaders, youth workers, lawyers, journalists, teachers and many more – each of them making an incredible contribution to improving the lives of refugees.
This year, the awards will be presented officially by Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales, in a private official ceremony to take place at Government House, Sydney.
Ahead of Refugee Week, STARTTS CEO, Jorge Aroche said “the resettlement journey is long and arduous. Success depends not just on the work of organisations like STARTTS, but on the actions and commitment of a huge range of stakeholders. It is a privilege to be able to recognise exceptional contributions through the Humanitarian Awards on the occasion of Refugee Week.”
Paul Power, CEO of RCOA said, “the NSW Humanitarian Awards highlight some of the many quiet heroes in our community, working to help newly arrived refugees make the most of the opportunities available to them in Australia.
Among the most inspiring of these local heroes are people who have been refugees themselves, who know the challenges of starting again in a new life from personal experience and are committed to paying forward the support they received when they first arrived.”
You can watch the official Awards Ceremony live stream on the STARTTS official Facebook Page.
The 2021 winners have been announced via STARTTS website.