The Fred Hollows Humanity Awards are a global movement created to recognise passionate children striving to make the world around them better.
The next Fred Hollows could be a little girl, a little boy, a little miracle worker! A child with the compassion, integrity and kindness to walk in Fred’s shoes.
Apai Tatafu, from Sacred Heart School Petone, was one of our ten 2020 Humanity awards finalists. Apai's teacher described him as a kind and warm-hearted student who will always stop to help anyone hurt or upset.
"Apai is the kind of student who always puts others first. He is never greedy or pushy but will patiently wait for others."
Apai's teacher also spoke of the pride Apai takes in his Tongan heritage. Every year during Tongan language week, he makes an effort to share his language and culture with his class. Something he has done ever since he was in Year 3.
Apai was very shy and humble on receiving the award, saying, "I was so surprised. I never thought I would even win this award."
Over the coming months, we will continue to profile the 2020 Humanity award finalists. Keep an eye out for them.
Nikita's teacher from Sylvia Park School teacher described her as a student of compassion, integrity and kindness, all the qualities we look for in a Humanity Award nominee.
"Nikita is compassionate towards her peers, teachers and wider whanau as she sincerely upholds their interests inside and outside the classroom."
Nikita is an active member of the school's Enviro Group, where she shows true dedication to the school community and environment. This dedication came to the fore last year during Level 3 Lockdown when Nikita went in every day to look after the school's outdoor classroom and greenhouse. She kept the seedlings and plants watered and also helped with weeding the school garden boxes.
"Thanks to Nikita, our seedlings and plants were still alive when we came back to school after several weeks of lockdown. A committed kaitiaki (guardian) of our school and is a valued member of our community."
Thanks to our charity partner Specsavers, the Junior Ambassador will extend their humanity by allocating $5000 to a Fred Hollows Foundation NZ Pacific programme of their choice to help us end avoidable blindness!