Don’t Be Shy….apply for The Kazzie Award

Applications close 19 July 2017

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The Kazzie Award has been created to honour Karen Curnow (Spehr) to recognise and celebrate women working to protect the environment and prevent litter.

The memorial fund established soon after Karen’s death in June 2017 extends her lifelong work of providing practical assistance to the unsung heroes in a wide a range of community development areas. Karen was a champion of community involvement and her legacy fund will provide a helping hand for women with a dream to create the future they believe is possible. Almost $8,500 has been raised and will be awarded to one woman, or divided among a maximum of three recipients.

Karen recognised that all too often those passionate about protecting our environment, especially women, receive little recognition and few resources to fulfil their dreams. She worked to redress this imbalance by donating her time and resources to many causes including:

  • Green Gecko Project that supports over 70 children who previously lived and begged on the streets of Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Program Advancing Girls Education in Cambodia
  • establishing the Australian Centre for Grief Education

The Kazzie Award highlights Karen’s 20 years of behavioural research focussing on how best to target prevention rather than continual clean up summarised in Litterology Understanding the Secrets of Clean Public Places.

Award recipent/s will also receive a personalised art piece created by Jo Postlethwaite, a ‘litter removalist’ who recovers materials and lovingly combines them with other reused items to make beautiful pieces.

Applications for The Kazzie Award will want to raise awareness and take action in environmental protection and litter prevention. Recipients will be announced and presented by Joan Curnow (Karen’s mum) at the Keep New South Wales Beautiful Litter Congress on July 25 led by War on Waste’s Craig Reucassel (click here).