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Since it’s inception, the Ron Castan Humanitarian Awards have celebrated and honoured the incredible contributions of Jewish Australian individuals in their chosen humanitarian fields – each of whom have successfully dedicated themselves to improving the lives of others.

THE 2017 AWARD WILL BE PRESENTED IN SYDNEY ON 18 OCTOBER.

AWARD NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.

 The winners will be notified and announced publicly at the awards ceremony.

BACKGROUND

These awards were created in 2013, in consultation with the Castan family, to honour the enormous legacy that Ron Castan AM QC left behind in the field of human rights, and especially Indigenous rights.

It is 25 years since the landmark Mabo decision, where the late Ron Castan successfully represented Eddie Mabo’s native title claim. This historic decision reversed the concept of Terra Nullius and secured land rights for many Indigenous people.

“My determination not to stand by and see the Jewish people downtrodden and persecuted was meaningless if I was standing by and seeing another oppressed people downtrodden and persecuted within my own country.” – Ron Castan

 

AWARD CRITERIA

The Ron Castan Humanitarian Award and the Ron Castan Young Humanitarian Award* seek to recognise Jewish individuals:

  • Who have attained excellence and renown in their chosen humanitarian fields, and
  • Whose actions, in addition to their achievements, embody the characteristics of the late Ron Castan AM QC – wisdom, empathy, intellect, and graciousness.

*The Young Humanitarian Award seeks to recognise an individual under the age of 30 years.

The Ron Castan Humanitarian Award alternates between Victoria and NSW bi-annually. These awards are made possible through the generous support of the Nordia Foundation and Arnold Bloch Leibler.

 

RON CASTAN HUMANITARIAN AWARD WINNERS 2015

  • The recipient of the Ron Castan Humanitarian Award in 2015 was Kathy Kaplan OAM. Her speech: text & video, more about her here.
  • The recipient of the Ron Castan Young Humanitarian Award in 2015 was Dean Cohen. His speech: text & video, more about him here.
  • The keynote speakers on the night were Melissa Castan (speech text & video) and Peter Seidel (speech text & video).

 

RON CASTAN HUMANITARIAN AWARD WINNERS 2014

  • The recipient of the Ron Castan Humanitarian Award in 2014 was Dr Hilton Immerman OAM. You can read his speech here, and more about him here.
  • The recipient of the Ron Castan Young Humanitarian Award in 2014 was Genna Radnan. You can read more about her here.
  • The keynote speaker on the night was Steven Castan. You can read his speech here.

RON CASTAN HUMANITARIAN AWARD WINNERS 2013

  • The recipient of the Ron Castan Humanitarian Award in 2013 was Dr Howard Goldenberg. You can read his speech here, and more about him here.
  • The recipient of the Ron Castan Young Humanitarian Award in 2013 was Jacky Lipson. You can read her speech here, and more about her here.
  • The keynote speaker on the night was Mark Leibler AC. You can read his speech here.

 

For more information please contact Gary Samowitz.

 Greg Mcintyre, Ron Castan QC, Eddie Mabo, Bryan Keon-Cohen – 1991


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