International Award Holders
Georgina Lara Booth, aged 18 is a law student living in The Netherlands. She received the prestigious Diana International Award in 2013 for her commitment and deciation to humanitarian work.
“I admire all the good work that Princess Diana has done for the world. She was a genuinely kind and wonderful role model and it therefore means a lot to me to receive the International Diana Award in honour of her inspirational life and admirable work.
Since a very young age, I have been an advocate for the rights of others, particularly the rights of children and young adults in Europe and the rest of the world, and I have promoted the importance of unity amongst young people.
When I was 10 years old, I saw the devastating pictures of the 2004 tsunami in the Far East. As a result of seeing the unsuitable environment for the local school children of the areas affected by the tsunami, I wrote to the mayor of the municipality where I live in The Netherlands and asked if he would like to help my sister (Natasha) and I to organize a benefit music festival in order to raise money for the young tsunami victims. The music festival was a huge success and we raised enough money to build playgrounds and sports fields in four different places in Aceh, Indonesia. Soon after, the mayor appointed me as a Humanitarian Youth Ambassador to encourage humanitarian work amongst other young people. I also had to emphasize the importance of education and I therefore appeared in a school inspector’s film encouraging young people to do their best at school as I was 15 years old when I began studying for a law degree at my university.
At the age of 16, the local district court judge granted me special permission to establish my own foundation: 4U&U (for YOU and YOU) Foundation. 4U&U Foundation (www.4uandu.org) organizes benefit events (such as concerts, fashion shows, sports events, etc.) in order to raise money for children from underprivileged backgrounds around the world and to encourage young people to volunteer and participate in charity work.
In September 2012, I founded an Embassy of Peace for which I was the Ambassador of Peace. My Embassy of Peace was the main point of all world peace and security related activities during ‘Peace Week’ and the ‘National Day of Peace’ in The Netherlands. As an Ambassador of Peace, I organized a peace debate with the former secretary of defence and other experts, a ‘peace art’ workshop, a peace lecture with a Dutch MP and a fantastic peace masquerade ball in the Dutch National Museum of Ethnology. I also wrote a children’s peace musical.
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