History of the UNAA
Established in 1946, the UNAA “endeavours to inform, inspire and engage all Australians regarding the work, goals, and values of the United Nations to create a safer, fairer and more sustainable world.” (https://www.unaa.org.au/)
The UNAA Peace Program aims to unite Australians “as members of the global community…in a concerted effort towards building peace initiatives and work together to achieve peace.”
To mark World Humanitarian Day on August 19th 2017, the UNAA Peace Program is honouring exemplary Australians who have devoted their life’s work to humanitarian causes.
The purpose of the UNAA Lifework Awards is to recognise ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
It is “a tangible acknowledgement of the long history of dedication men and women have demonstrated in working in positive ways for peace, justice, harmony and community spirit at grassroots level, and in contributing towards the betterment of mankind through industry, enterprise and community service”
Dr Catherine Hamlin – ‘Individual Award’ recipient 2017
Catherine is to receive a Lifework Award in the ‘Individual’ category, along with Mrs Gabi Hollows, Founding Director of The Fred Hollows Foundation. The Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia is to receive the award in the ‘Community’ category.
Catherine is being recognised for “dedicating her life and work to restoring the health and dignity of more than 50,000 Ethiopian women who have survived a horrendous and preventable childbirth injury – obstetric fistula. Together, with her husband, Reg, Dr Hamlin has dramatically transformed the maternal healthcare landscape for the women of Ethiopia.”
The UNAA Peace Program ‘Lifework Award’ is a great honour, formally recognising Catherine’s nearly 60 years of dedicated work.
Award presentation evening
In order to present the award, the UNAA Peace Program will be holding a Gala Dinner and Awards presentation evening. A Hamlin representative will be attending the presentation to accept the award on Catherine’s behalf, as she lives in Ethiopia.
Supporters of Catherine are very welcome to attend the evening. The details are as follows:
Date: Friday 25th August 2017
Time: 7.00pm – 10.30pm
Venue: Union University and Schools Club (25 Bent Street, Sydney)
Price: $180.00 per person
Dress: Black Tie / Cocktail
RSVP: by 18th August 2017
The event is a fundraiser to support the work of the UNAA Peace Program and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Join us in congratulating Dr Catherine Hamlin for receiving this prestigious humanitarian award!