GIVE ‘EM HOPE CAMPAIGN Honoured at National Diversity Awards
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Contact: David E Watters
Company Name: GIVE ‘EM HOPE CAMPAIGN (NBIAssociates)
Telephone Number: 07800 813 189
Email Address: DavidWatters@nbiassociates.co.uk
Web site address: http://www.nbiassociates.co.uk/Give–em-Hope-Campaign.html
David E Watters, born in Prestonpans, East Lothian, raised in Dundee and now a London resident, is a Head of Music, Diversity Specialist and writer who has, with his Give ‘em Hope Campaign Team, been honoured for his equality advocacy at this year’s National Diversity Awards.
Watters was a key figure in campaigning for Marriage Equality, as part of the Equal Love Campaign, and he has brought hope to many across the world with his Give ‘em Hope Campaign.
Big Brother star Brian Dowling and CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell returned to host the UK’s Largest Diversity Awards, celebrating Community Heroes for their commitment to inclusion
ROLE MODELS and charities were honoured nationwide at a prestigious ceremony, at The Hurlingham Club, London, rewarding Britain’s most inspirational people for their fight against inequality.
Microsoft were just one of the brands supporting a skyfall of diversity talent – positive role models, community organisations and businesses from the LGBT, ethnic minority, age, gender, religion and disability communities.
Over 21,000 nominations and votes were received this year; paying tribute to those from under-represented backgrounds who have dedicated their lives to enhancing the equality agenda.
International campaign, the Give ’em Hope Campaign, beat four others in the running for the community organisation multi-strand award.
Judges commended the campaign for its all-inclusive and inspirational celebration of diversity. The online initiative, which exists to encourage and uplift those who feel marginalised, isolated or limited by labels, has grown significantly, with the support of numerous international cheerleaders and proactive participants.
The Give ’em Hope Campaign is an inclusive inspirational initiative, in that it doesn’t focus on any one specific “community” and is welcoming of anyone seeking support. It exists to bring hope to those who need it most.
Campaign founder David E Watters, said, “The purpose of the campaign is to encourage the benefits of living authentically. We should not be limited by labels that are imposed by others, if these labels are negative and wrong; especially when it comes to stereotyping and when the result may be lowered self-esteem and a possible impact upon an individual’s ability to fulfil their personal potential”.
Dawn Walker (pictured here with campaign founder, David E Watters) from Lloyds Banking Group, presented founder David Watters with the award, stating ‘It is not an overstatement to say that the impact of this quiet campaign has been significant’.
The one-of-a-kind ceremony kicked off with an inspirational speech from Human Rights Activist Peter Tatchell, followed by the ‘The Last Leg’ stars Adam Hills and Alex Brooker presenting the positive role model award for disability to Sarah Chapman.
Another highlight of the evening came when Stephen Sutton was honoured with a Special Recognition Award, which was collected by his older brother Chris Sutton. There was not a dry eye in the house as guests were reminded of Stephen’s courageous efforts for raising over £4 million for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
After decades of supporting disabled children through her organisation the Touch Trust, Dilys Price OBE was awarded the lifetime achiever award by Paralympic medallist Ade Adepitan.
The night featured stellar performances from Liverpool boy band MiC LOWRY, and singing sensation Lemar.
The prestigious black-tie event has attracted a growing list of top employers including Microsoft, Lloyds Banking Group, Transport for London, PWC, Sky, MI5, The Open University, Financial Ombudsman Service, ThoughtWorks, Mouchel and Penna.
“If we achieve nothing more, but, of course, we are determined to do more, knowing that our humble yet loving family have helped just one person will have been enough. We reach out and embrace those who are often fragile and lost in understandable despair. For those people, we exist…we are “those people” – because we have been there and believe that sharing our own stories and listening to others, as they describe their journey from feeling limited by labels to feeling empowered through self-acceptance, is often all that is needed to light a pathway towards hope.
Being shortlisted for a National Diversity Award 2014 came as a wonderful surprise and we were honoured to be in such esteemed company, alongside the other nominees in all categories. Winning was be an incredible achievement and recognition for all of those who have played a part in nourishing and sustaining this truly inspirational international campaign.
I’m hoping that many more people will share their experiences through the Give ’em Hope Campaign; that more will join us in giving and receiving inspiration, validation, motivation and HOPE”, David E Watters.
The National Diversity Awards 2014 will be broadcast later this year on the Community Channel.
To view the full list of winners please visit: http://www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/2014-winners/
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