Refugee Week celebrates the great contribution that refugees make to enrich Australian society. On Friday 12 June 2015, STARTTS launched Refugee Week 2015 together with the Refugee Council of Australia, Settlement Services International and Illawarra Multicultural Services, with Janice Petersen from SBS as the MC. For the first time ever, the launch event was held in the Illawarra, a major population centre of NSW.
ANNOUNCEMENT: STARTTS wishes to warmly congratulate the 2019 NSW Humanitarian Award Winners who were acknowledged during an official award ceremony in the City of Fairfield last Friday during STARTTS’ 30th Anniversary celebrations at the Imperial Paradiso.
The Awards were announced in 9 categories and were co-presented to this year’s inspiring recipients by STARTTS CEO, Jorge Aroche, together with Paul Power, CEO of Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA), STARTTS Deputy CEO, Lachlan Murodoch and Deputy Chair, Ezel Jupiter.
The Humanitarian Awards are held each year to acknowledge those who have made an outstanding positive contribution to supporting refugees in NSW.
The 2019 NSW Humanitarian Award Winners:
For outstanding achievement:
Refugee Community Worker
A former refugee working on refugee issues with their own or other refugee communities, in either a paid or unpaid position
Supporter of Refugees
A member of the broader Australian community, of any background, supporting and assisting refugees in any capacity, in either a paid or unpaid position
Dr Shanti Raman
A young person aged 12-25 of refugee background making an outstanding contribution to Australian society in their chosen field.
Schools, universities and other educational institutions, or individuals working at such institutions, who assist former refugees by breaking down barriers to education
Individuals or organisations from the government or legal sectors working to advise, assist or support asylum seekers or refugees
Refugee Health Service Disability Project
Media outlets, journalists or media officers supporting, prioritising and/or raising awareness of refugee issues
Rural and Regional
Organisations or individuals working in regional areas of NSW to assist refugees
This award is for small or large businesses employing, assisting, established/run by or in any other way supporting refugees
Nick’s Tiling Services – Hedayat Osyan
This award is for an outstanding project working with or assisting refugees. The project can be run by an individual, group or organisation and can either be ongoing or completed during the last year
Connected – Sydney Theatre Company
Highly Commended Awards
Supporter of Refugees
Cars for Refugees – Shaun Halden