Each year we award a distinguished person of international standing with the Winsome Constance Kindness Gold Medal.
The award also includes a Cash Prize of $20,000.
Past recipients include some illustrious names including:
Sir David Attenborough (UK)
Professor T Colin Campbell (USA)
The Hon. Maneka Gandhi MP (India)
Dame Dr Jane Goodall (UK)
Captain Paul Watson (USA)
Dr Ian Gawler OAM (Australia)
Dr Jill Robinson MBE (China)
Dr Christine Townend (Australia)
Sri Pradeep Kumar Nath (India)
Captain Peter Hammarstedt (Sweden)
Mr Chris DeRose (USA)
Professor Dr Andrew Linzey (Oxford)
And of course others, who wished to remain private.
Trix and I are delighted to announce that, in recognition of his sterling efforts to protect endangered wildlife in Africa, and promote the vegan ethic, Damien Mander from Australia has been awarded The Winsome Constance Kindness Gold Medal and Cash Prize for 2019.
Damien is the quintessential Australian ‘bloke’.
The heavily tattooed, good-natured, gentle giant, a former hunter, poacher, navy diver, special operations sniper and mercenary of the Iraq War set up the International Anti-Poaching Foundation IAPF in 2009.
IAPF’s innovative programs bring men, women, veganism and economics to the front lines of African conservation; creating an alternative, workable economic model to the trophy hunting industry. Its aim is to end wildlife poaching in Africa.
This model is a pioneering move in rural Africa, empowering not only the most determined and capable of warriors, but protecting critical ecosystems which are home to millions of non-human sentient beings.
Trix and I have visited Damien in South Africa, and the team of his IAPF rangers, officers and tracker dogs on the ground at the Operations Centre in Mozambique.
We have provided funding and promotion for IAPF’s work and have spoken on behalf of Damien and IAPF at public events in Australia, the USA, India, Belgium and Germany.
We have also had the great pleasure of hosting the Mander family at our home and at Kindness House.
In the process we have got to know Damien’s delightful wife Maria, their wonderful son Leo. (We have yet to meet the latest arrival, a bundle of joy named Eva).
I am sure you will agree resoundingly that Damien is a most worthy recipient of this prestigious award and join us in congratulating and supporting Damien in his exemplary work.
Philip and Trix Wollen