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Peace Education

Australians Honored for Living for Others

Awardees (from left) Andrew Chalk, Elizabeth Tehoiahoi Corner, Dr. Barbara Ferguson OAM, Ernest Kulauzovic, Father Chris Riley AM, Vo Dai Ton with UPF-Oceania Secretary General Greg Stone
Australian aboriginal elder Pearl Wymarra gives the traditional “welcome to country” greeting.
Emcee Jynene Helland opens the conference with a warm welcome to all the attendees.
A large and enthusiastic audience came for the event, which was held in the Oceania Peace Embassy.
Performers from Manus Island, part of Papua New Guinea, perform a cultural dance.
The UPF youth choir perform two beautiful songs.
After receiving the award, each awardee gives a short talk about why they enjoy living for the sake of others. Here Vo Dai Ton is speaking.
Father Chris Riley gives a talk about his passion to help troubled youth in Australia and elsewhere.
Hon David Clarke, a member of the New South Wales Upper House of Parliament, commends the Living for Others awardees and UPF for the wonderful work they have done.
New Ambassadors for Peace (from left) Dr. Barbara Ferguson, Jane Piwen Hickson, Esther Lay and Vo Dai Ton with UPF-Oceania Regional Secretary General Greg Stone (far right).
Representing the different sponsors, Dr. Mohamed Al Jabiri receives a certificate of appreciation from UPF-Oceania Regional Secretary General Greg Stone, thanking the sponsors for their support.

Sydney, Australia—Six persons who are widely recognized for their service to others were presented by UPF with Living for Others Awards.

The event, which took place on December 7, 2015, at the Oceania Peace Embassy in Sydney, has been held regularly over the past ten years to honor UPF Founder Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon, who promoted and exemplified the ethic of living for the sake of others extensively during his life.

After the traditional welcome to country by aboriginal elder Ms. Pearl Wymarra, an introductory video of UPF was shown and then each of the awardees was welcomed up in turn to receive their award. The emcee, Mrs. Jynene Helland, read a description of the remarkable contributions that each awardee had made to the community, and each responded with a few words about why they liked to live for the sake of others.

The six awardees were: Mr. Andrew Chalk, founding chair of the community development organization Gawad Kalinga Australia; Ms. Elizabeth Tehoiahoi Corner, president of the Melanesian Fellowship and member of the Sydney PNG Wantok Club; Dr. Barbara Ferguson, OAM (Order of Australia Medal), teacher, social worker, and counselor with refugees and orphaned children in Australia and overseas; Mr. Ernest Kulauzovic, architect, charity worker, prison chaplain and project manager for Affinity Intercultural Foundation; Father Chris Riley, AM (Member of the Order of Australia), founder and CEO of Youth off the Streets, an organization that works with disadvantaged youth; and Col. Vo Dai Ton, a highly decorated retired officer in the Vietnamese army, noted poet, author, artist and human rights activist.

The room was packed, and it was truly an inspirational evening. It was particularly moving to hear about the lives of the awardees. Uplifted by their examples, everyone felt a renewed impetus to live for the sake of others in their own life.

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