“It’s not about the good I’ve done, it’s about the people being helped”
On Tuesday 24 May, at the official opening of the Courage to Care Wangaratta Exhibition Program, Wangaratta local Daniel Cowan was presented with an award as a Courage to Care Local Hero for his work in helping to build the lives of others.
When Daniel Cowan, aged 19, left home in Wangaratta for the first time, to travel on his own and find himself, he headed to the Philippines to volunteer for three months at a small outreach program in the slums of Mandaue city on the island of Cebu.
A week after he arrived, a 7.2 earthquake caused widespread damage and many deaths. Two weeks later on 8 November 2013, Typhoon Yolanda, the biggest storm in the history of the Philippines, hit the island. In the aftermath, millions of Filipinos were homeless and more than six thousand were dead.
Daniel immersed himself in packing, delivering and distributing tons of emergency aid resources to more than 20,000 people across fifteen Find Out More »
Kees (Cornelis) Hos (b 1916) passed away in Auckland on 3 December 2015. Hos was a young teacher at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague when the Second World War broke out. He joined the Dutch underground resistance, hiding Jewish friends from the Academy and their families in his home, and forging passports and identification papers, at great risk to himself, his wife Tine and their young daughter Eske. He was eventually arrested, spending the end of the war in a Dutch prison. His courage and compassion were acknowledged with a Medal of Honour from Israel, “righteous among the nations”.
For many years, Kees lived in rural Victoria and participated in the Courage to Care program, speaking to many school groups about his story.
Kees is survived by his children Eske and Pieter, and his grandchildren Karen, Andrea, Hagen and Chloe, and seven great-grandchildren.
With thanks to Andrew Paul Wood for the full obituary.
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Courage to Care hosted a fabulous afternoon on Sunday 8 May 2016 at the Classic Cinemas Elsternwick. The exclusive showing of "Persona Non Grata" honoured the actions of Chiune Sugihara who saved 6,000 Jewish lives by defying Japan's treaty conditions with Nazi Germany to issue visas to refugees.
Ms Keiko Haneda, Japan's Consul-General, briefly addressed the audience and was presented with a plaque honouring and acknowledging the actions of Chiune Sugihara. There were few dry eyes in the house!
Photo of Maria Kamm (left), who received a Sugihara visa, with her son, Professor Michael Kamm, and the plaque presented to the Consul-General of Japan in Melbourne, Ms Keiko Haneda. Find Out More »