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Ipswich volunteer nominated for international award

NOMINEE: Becky Kroger

BECKY KROGER, a young campaigner from Ipswich, has been shortlisted to win a coveted humanitarian honor.

Kroger, 24, has been nominated for a Bond International Development Award for her tireless volunteer work as a Youth Stop AIDS campaigner. Speaking on the nomination, she said: “I am incredibly honoured to be nominated for the volunteer award. Over the years I have passionately worked to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goal target of ending AIDS by 2030.

“I have worked to tackle HIV stigma, raised awareness through sharing my story and have been a leader for Youth Stop AIDS “It Ain’t Over” campaign. Through this, I've got the opportunity to work with young campaigners around the UK and the UK Government to keep us on course of ending AIDS by 2030.”

Bond is the leading UK membership body for organisations working in international development. The 470 members range from large organisations such as Oxfam, Save The Children and UNICEF UK, to a wide selection of smaller local charities.

Now in its sixth year, the Bond International Development Awards celebrate the exceptional work by people like Kroger that often goes unrecognised. The Volunteer Award specifically honors the hidden heroes giving up their time and donating their skills, often in challenging and demanding environments.

James Cole from Restless Development said he is “delighted” by Kroger’s nomination. He said: "Becky would be a very deserving winner of the Volunteer Award due to her inspirational volunteering on the global HIV response. Becky has inspired decision makers, fought against HIV stigma, influenced policy change and represented other young people living with HIV."

Kroger was born n HIV+ and lived in a children’s home in South Africa. She came to the UK in 2006 and was later adopted. Speaking on raising HIV awareness, she said: “I began to realise how important it was to me that other children should be given the opportunity to live. It seemed like I had been given a second chance to live; there were fewer visits to the hospital for emergency and infection treatment, my school attendance rose and I had more energy to play and enjoy child”.

Mike Wright, Director of Communications at Bond, added: “Each year we are delighted and humbled by the nominations we receive in this category. It is a great reflection of the hard work that goes on, often behind the scenes, by so many dedicated volunteers like Becky.

“It is a genuine pleasure to be honoring such a diverse range of humanitarians and shining a light on these inspirational people and the incredible work they are doing.”

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