Ron Castan Award

Ron Castan Award

Ron Castan AM QC passed away at a relatively young age, but left behind an enormous legacy in the field of human rights, and especially indigenous rights.

When Ron died in October 1999, the Monash University Law Faculty was in the early stages of setting up a human rights centre. It seemed obvious to those involved in the endeavour that the centre should be named after a man who had given so much of his life to advancing the cause of human rights.

The inaugural Jewish Aid Australia Humanitarian Award, in consultation with the Castan family, is fortunate to have the honour and privilege of association with the Ron Castan name.

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 that include wisdom, empathy, intellect, and graciousness.

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

The Selection panel includes Gary Samowitz (CEO JAA), Danny Almagor (CEO Small Giants), Lindy Castan Blashki (Director of Nordia Foundation)

The Award Ceremony  took place on the 9th of October 2013 in Melbourne.

The recipient of the Ron Castan Humanitarian Award was Dr Howard Goldenberg. You can read his speech here, and more about him here.

The recipient of the Ron Castan Young Humanitarian Award 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.

Click here to see pictures from evening.

For more information please contact Lillian Kline, +61409 965 333.

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Mark Leibler AC, Nellie Castan, Gary Samowitz

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Awardee Jacky Lipson and her family.

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Award recipient Dr Howard Goldenberg talking with Mark Dreyfus MP and Deborah Chemke.