The Rotary International Peace Prize is being awarded by Rotary International (District 1180) to recognise an individual or organisation who has contributed to the furtherance of peace and understanding throughout peoples of the world. The first Rotary Peace Prize was awarded in 2016 to Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in recognition of the work that the Eisteddfod has done since its inception in 1947 to bring people of different cultures together in an atmosphere of peace and friendship. It has been agreed that in future years the Eisteddfod will provide the platform for the presentation of the prize working in partnership with Rotary International to ensure that the Peace Prize becomes a truly international and prestigious prize. We feel that this would be an ideal partnership combining the humanitarian and international profile of Rotary International with the peace credentials of the Eisteddfod which is one of Wales’ flagship events.
About Rotary International
Rotary International is one of the largest humanitarian organisations in the world and is made up of 1.23 million Rotarians worldwide who work in their local, national and international communities to help those in need. District 1180 stretches from Mid Wales up to Lancashire and includes all of North Wales, Wirral, Merseyside, parts of Shropshire and Cheshire. Rotary clubs meet regularly in most towns and are made up of men and women from 18 upwards from all backgrounds regardless of race, colour or creed. The Rotary motto is “Service Above Self”. Rotarians work as volunteers in many diverse areas which can be anything from assisting young carers in the local community to have some time to themselves, to providing humanitarian aid to countries who have suffered a major disaster such as the Nepal earthquakes or the floods in Cumbria and Lancashire. You can find more information by searching www.rotary.org or www.rotarygbi.org for Britain & Ireland.
The 2017 Rotary Peace Award nominations
Rotary and the Eisteddfod have compiled a shortlist of nominations which reflect the diverse nature of peace initiatives and include projects relevant to the UK and internationally. The nominations are:
The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace – for their work in addressing the causes of violence before, during and after conflict situations as a means to promote peace http://foundation4peace.org/
Welsh Refugee Council – for their work in promoting respect and tolerance towards refugees https://www.welshrefugeecouncil.org/
British Ironworks – for their “Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife” project and Knife angel project https://www.britishironworkcentre.co.uk/show-areas/knife-angel-national-monument-against-violence-aggression
MSF – for their policy of témoignage – speaking out to alleviate suffering and protect human life (rather than providing emergencymedical care). https://www.msf.org.uk/advocacy-and-temoignage
PANEL OF ADJUDICATORS
TERRY WAITE CBE
For most of his life Terry Waite has worked in the area of international affairs and has worked in most of the worlds conflict zones. As a young man, whilst living in Uganda, he negotiated directly with the late General Amin for the release of hostages; and as a member of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s private staff was successful in aiding the freedom of hostages in Iran, Libya and Beirut. It was in Beirut that he was captured and spent almost five years in solitary confinement. In the apartheid years he worked closely with Bishop Desmond Tutu and has continued his work for the disadvantaged in South Africa. He was a joint founder of YCare, an agency working for the development of young people throughout the world. He is President of Emmaus for the homeless and a joint founder of Hostage UK. He has written several books ranging from a serious account of his years in captivity, Taken on Trust, to a comic novel, The Voyage of the Golden Handshake. He believes that it is vital that we retain our humour in the face of some of the grim realities of life and that laughter is therapeutic for all of us. Taken on Trust, written in his head during his years in captivity, has been reissued in the Modern Classics edition by Hodder. His very latest book, Out of the Silence is a book of narrative, reflections and his own poetry and has been illustrated by Jenny Coles. He is both an Anglican and a Member of the Society of Friends. He is not a pacifist but strongly believes that force should only be used as an absolute last resort. That, he says, has not been the case in recent years and has resulted in dreadful chaos right across the Middle East.
“Dick Hazlehurst has been involved with the Rotary Peace Centre at the University of Bradford for more than ten years. He was a host counsellor to a member of the first class of Rotary Peace Fellows in 2002. After time as a member of the local Host Area Committee, Dick served a three-year term as Host Area Coordinator from 2009 to 2012. Since then, he has continued to act as host counsellor to at least one Peace Fellow in each successive class and, for the last few years, he has been one of the Rotarians round the world who read and score applications for Rotary Peace Fellowship, as part of the very thorough annual selection process. He regards the involvement with the Rotary Peace Programme as the most rewarding and enjoyable activity during a wide-ranging and very happy 39 years of Rotary membership.
Dick and his wife, Judy, are both retired pharmacists. They have each been president of the Rotary Club of Keighley in West Yorkshire. They consider themselves very fortunate that their son, his wife, and their two young granddaughters live only a few miles from them and they see the two girls (who are, as every grandparent knows, the most beautiful children ever born!) most weeks.”
Konnie Huq started her presenting career when she was just 17, fronting a number of children’s programmes on The Children’s Channels, CBBC and GMTV, whilst, at the same time, completing an Economics degree from Cambridge.
She was the longest serving female Blue Peter presenter and voted the nation’s favourite Blue Peter presenter in a recent Radio Times poll. Konnie’s years on Blue Peter saw her taken to the far corners of the world. She learnt how to be a professional rally driver gaining her pro license, was entrusted with interviewing leading stars from music and film as well as two former Prime Ministers; Tony Blair and Gordon Brown among many other adventures on the show.
Konnie has also had the opportunity to present such iconic music shows as Top Of The Pops for BBC1 and The Tube for Channel 4 Radio.
She has hosted serious topical shows such as ‘London Talking’ – on ITV1 – which included the animated Mayoral debate between Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson and Your News for the BBC News Channel but has also hosted prime time entertainment shows such as Guinness World Records Smashed in Sky1.
Konnie has many feathers to her bow and her versatile presenting style enabled her to lend her experience to a wide range of topics, from covering New York and London fashion week for ‘Lorraine’ to presenting major sporting and fashion programmes. She presented Zoo days for Channel 5, while jetting around the world as the presenter for the Red Bull Air Race on Channel 4. Konnie returned to Daredevil feats in Adrenaline Junkie on ITV2. Konnie also presented the highest rating series of the Xtra Factor. Other shows include Sky1’s King of The Nerds, ITV2’s Under Pressure to name but a few. The talent’s of Konnie Huq are not just limited to presenting, she is an impressive writer. She co-wrote the second instalment of the successful and critically acclaimed Channel 4 series “Black Mirror”. Konnie is currently married and living in West London with her young family.