11 Nov 2009
On December 16 Robert F. Kennedy Jnr will address a select audience at the Hyatt Regency in Auckland as the keynote speaker at ‘An Evening with Robert F. Kennedy Jnr’.
Kennedy is in New Zealand to talk about his environmental work but also to help launch School Aid into New Zealand schools.
Former Prime Minister and Director of the World Trade Organisation, Mike Moore is the founder of ‘School Aid: Global Partnerships through Schools’ and is one of the leading advocates of a globalised world that will spread prosperity and lift millions out of poverty. Moore is a sought-after speaker and writer and is widely regarded as one of the most powerful voices in the debate about the future of globalisation.
“The event is an opportunity to hear from someone who is at the forefront of some of the biggest environmental battles. It’s also a chance to support a homegrown initiative which ensures children everywhere have the right to an education.”
Moore will introduce guests to his School Aid concept – an investment fund being established that will be overseen by New Zealand school children with the dividends going to aid schools in developing countries.
“It will teach kiwi kids about investments and markets and about the lives of their counterparts in poor countries. They will be able to assist schools in developing countries so everyone wins and learns,” Moore says.
AUT University is now working with Moore to develop the concept for rollout through secondary schools in New Zealand.
AUT Vice-Chancellor Derek McCormack says School Aid had immediate appeal for the university.
“AUT is very pleased to be associated with this concept. We work with secondary schools to run a number of highly successful programmes that focus on social transformation through education, and we look forward to helping School Aid get a solid start here in New Zealand.”
During the evening’s three-course meal Moore will be launching School Aid: Global Partnerships through Schools and will lead the charity auction for it later in the evening. All proceeds from the evening will go towards the first NZ School to participate in School Aid, which will be Dilworth School. Monies raised will top up Mike Moore’s initial personal donation.