The Sydney Chinese Lions Humanitarian Scholarship

28 June 2010

Congratulations to Economics/Law student Nathaniel Ware on winning the The Sydney Chinese Lions Humanitarian Scholarship for 2010.

In 2005 Nathaniel was the NSW World Vision Youth Ambassador, volunteering in Mozambique, Africa.

Since 2007, he has been the Principal Founder and International Director of 180 Degrees Consulting, the world's first international pro-bono student consultancy, providing consultancy free of charge for various non-profit organisations, including the Crossroads Foundation in Hong Kong, IEDC Bled School of Management in Slovenia, and Viola Vitolis in Bangladesh, and helping various other organisations around the world achieve a greater social impact.

He has served as Executive Director of the Young Leaders Network, and as Sydney University Environment Convenor.

He also volunteers to coach disadvantaged youth in public speaking, works to combat violence against women as a White Ribbon Ambassador, and is developing a microinsurance scheme to reduce the vulnerability of the poor in developing countries.

His future pro-bono services include continuation of work in 180 Degrees Consulting, and volunteer work in the Philippines, Botswana and South Africa. He is currently completing his Honours thesis in Economics before proceeding to the second year of his law degree in 2011.

Congratulations also to Jesse Buckingham, a third year Commerce/Law student who was a Consolation Prize Winner.

Jesse's passion for issues of social justice was bred in him from a young age.

In high-school he travelled to Cambodia with his peers and volunteered in various non-governmental organisations and orphanages including M'lop Tapang, Sok Sabay, and Tabitha to design skills based activities for orphans and construct 10 houses for impoverished families there.

In 2008, he became an Ambassador for Opportunity International, one of the world's leading providers of micro-financial services where, together with a colleague, he designed a Microfinance Education Module for High School Certificate Economics students that they now deliver at NSW high schools.

Last summer, together with a colleague, he raised $40,000 for the construction of a 4-classroom schoolhouse for the Manjeri School in Uganda, and travelled there volunteering to manage the construction process.

Future pro-bono services he has planned include volunteering in the "food program" and "stationeryand uniform program" in Uganda.

It its eigth year, The Sydney Chinese Lions Humanitarian Scholarship is offered by The Lions Club of Sydney Chinese Inc.

The purpose of the Scholarship is to encourage and recognise humanitarian services undertaken by university students.

In addition to the original award of one winner receiving a scholarship of $2,000, the Club also offered two consolation prizes of $1,000 each.

Contact: Greg Sherington

Phone: +61 2 9351 0202

Email: 083753507935500e1b2c29562e1526153920352f2c236a14352c660010