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Courage to Care recently celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a suite of wonderful events held at the Ark Centre. Undoubtedly one of the highlight events was the 30th Anniversary Volunteer Celebration.

Over 80 volunteers attended the afternoon tea to reminisce and enjoyed a celebratory drink, some fabulous Jazz music and of course birthday cake.

It was wonderful to have volunteers in attendance from all 3 decades and to have longstanding volunteer Harry Better perform a beautiful and emotive toast was indeed special. In proposing his toast to our volunteers and the continued success of Courage to Care Harry shared with us that he had just the week before become a great-grandfather and that if it had not been for the courage of upstanders during the Holocaust, that Harry would not have been here to celebrate the creation of 4 generations of his family.

Many of our treasured Survivor & Custodian Speakers were in attendance and we were able to present Survivor Sarah Saaroni with a photo portrait of herself made for her by photographer Rafael Riquelme.  Rafael was awarded a Highly Commended in our 30th Anniversary Upstander Photo Competition and his photo captures Sarah, an Upstander and artist posing with one of her sculptures “Memoriam of Janusz Korczak and Children.”

As well as celebrating and honoring our dedicated volunteers, this was also an opportunity to present Benjy Orwin with a Local Upstander Award for his tireless work in establishing Socks4Support, which arranges donations of pairs of socks. Benjy has already delivered more than 25,000 socks. Benjy is a true Upstander and shows that one is never too young to volunteer and become an Upstander.

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