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Patston humbled by unexpected award

Fri 18 Nov 2011 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

Comedian, diversity expert and Rainbow Youth patron Philip Patston says he is humbled by an award for his service to the community. The Diversityworks Trust founder has been honoured by the Orangi Kaupapa Trust, which was established in 1987 with the purpose of rewarding people whose work benefits the quality of life in New Zealand. Funds are contributed by commercially successful people and seek to reach those who are outstanding in non-commercial fields. "I am incredibly and humbly thankful to my colleagues and the Orangi Kaupapa Trust, who have demonstrated with humility their gratitude of me. What a wonderful way to operate in the world. Let there be more," Patston has blogged. Diversityworks Chairperson Carol Waterman says even though it came as a surprise to Patston, it will be no surprise to anyone who knows him. "It is incredible that Philip has been recognised for his contribution to others' lives," she says. Orangi Kaupapa Executive Officer Vicki Carnell and Trustee Pip Duncalf have presented Patston with a cheque, the proceeds of which they told him, "You must spend on yourself, not your work."    

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First published: Friday, 18th November 2011 - 11:12am

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