2017 Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Mercy Foundation Youth Awards for 2017! The theme for this year’s award was Ending Human Trafficking and Slavery in Australia. We received many excellent entries and our judges were very impressed with the efforts of students, their understanding of the issue and their plans to help abolish human trafficking and slavery in Australia. The winning videos will be uploaded in the coming weeks.

Congratulations to the following teams:

1st Place

Human Trafficking and Slavery
Jack and Matthew,  St Luke’s Grammar School Dee Why

The students share $700 cash and the school receives $700 to spend on social justice resources or to donate to a charity addressing social justice in Australia.

 

2nd Place                                

The Lucky Country
Ava, Jeremy, Ellen, Danielle, Nathan,  Mt Lilydale Mercy College Victoria

The students share $350 cash and the school receives $350 to spend on social justice resources or to donate to a charity addressing social justice in Australia.

3rd Place – Joint Prize Winners

What am I to you?
Molly and Adelaide, Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College

Agricultural Servitude
Alex and Inez, Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College

Each group receives $100 to share and the school receives $200 to spend on social justice resources or to donate to a charity addressing social justice in Australia.

Highly Commended

The day of a slave
Alice and Meg, Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College

I wish
Sarah, Claire, Ella and Chloe, Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College

Finalists

  • Good Samaritan Catholic College The Good Samaritan Project, Angelina and Mary-Joe
  • John Therry High Catholic High School Special Report Emily, Kaitlin and Chloe
  • Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College:
    • Idesah’s Story, Kate, Frederique and Charlotte
    • Domestic Servitude, Olivia, Angela and Olivia
    • The difference of two worlds, Tamara, Emily, Rose and Elliana
    • Human trafficking in domestic servitude in Australia, Kate, Elena, Olivia and Holly
    • Human Trafficking, Jessica, Jen, Olivia, Christine and Caroline
    • Behind Closed Doors, Kathryn, Ashley, Isabella and Philippa

Judges

With thanks to our guest judges:

  • Professor Jennifer Burn Director, Anti Slavery Australia
  • Ms Margaret Benjafield Board Member, Mercy Foundation

Ms Felicity Reynolds CEO, Mercy Foundation and Ms Sue Mowbray Manager, Projects and Communications Mercy Foundation were also on the judging panel.

Thank You

The Mercy Foundation sincerely thanks Professor Jennifer Burn for being a guest judge on the panel this year. Professor Burn is an Australian expert and leader in the field of anti-trafficking and anti-slavery.

We are also very grateful to Ms Laura Vidal from the Freedom Partnership – End Modern Slavery for her assistance and input in preparing the competition details.

We would also like to thank all the students who submitted videos to the competition. Your tremendous efforts, your interest in social justice issues and the action you took to raise awareness about human trafficking and slavery by creating a video is appreciated and commended.