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Champions of Respect

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I received information about the Champions of Respect Awards. They are all about celebrating the good things young people do in our communities.

The awards highlight young people aged 10 to 25 who are making a positive contribution to their communities. Despite the bad press so often seen in the media, thousands of young people across the UK demonstrate what respect really means, through the difference they make to the lives of others around them.

Respect is a fundamental value that is vital to the well-being of every community. The absence of respect leads to a breakdown in relationships at every level of society. The Evangelical Alliance, working with the African and Caribbean Evangelical Alliance, Tearfund, Crusaders, Youth for Christ, Girls’ Brigade England and Wales and others, is looking for young men and women that are acting as role models in their communities.

The Eveangelical Alliance will be presenting awards in two age categories, for young people aged 10 to 16 and 17 to 25. Each Champion will personally receive a cheque for £250, plus £250 to a charity or good cause of their choice. Winners will receive their prize from Trevor Phillips, the Chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality, at the Evangelical Alliance’s annual Temple Address in November 2006.

It could be a young person who’s gone out of their way to practically help others less fortunate. It could be someone working to support need abroad. It could be a youth group who have done something that’s knocked down barriers in their community.  Here are some nominations from 2005 – hopefully they will inspire you!

You can nominate someone for a Champions of Respect Award online at or contact the Evangelical Alliance on 0207 207 2100 for a nomination form. But hurry – the closing date for nominations is 30 September 2006.

Please pass this information on to others and raise the profile of young people making a positive difference in our society!

Tony is a Superintendent Methodist Minister, broadcaster and author. He is a radio presenter with Premier Christian Radio and a regular contributor to BBC Radio 2's Pause for Thought (5.45 am). Tony is married with two children and four grandchildren.

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