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Sam Johnson receives Humanitarian Award

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Sam Johnson receives Humanitarian Award from Art of Living Foundation

Presentation Delta Community Hall, North Avon Rd, Richmond
5.30pm, Saturday 29 October 2011

Art of Living Foundation New Zealand has chosen Sam Johnson as the recipient of its inaugural Humanitarian Award. Sam was chosen for his contribution to the Christchurch community in setting up the Student Volunteer Army after the 4 September 2010 and 22 February 2011 earthquakes.

AOL NZ president Mrs Rashmi Bhatia will present the award at a public ceremony open to all. A short DVD showcasing the work of the Foundation will follow, and the opportunity to chat with Sam over refreshments.

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Free de-stress courses in Canterbury
For the past year, the Art of Living Foundation has provided free ‘De–Stress’ courses (usually $250) to Cantabrians suffering as a result of the region’s earthquakes. The yoga based breathing techniques taught on the course help to overcome stress, anxiety and depression, and have been effective in relieving stress symptoms following events such as 9/11, the December 2004 tsunami and 2005’s Hurricane Katrina.
Art of Living Foundation
The Art of Living Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation providing educational and humanitarian services in 153 countries world wide. The Foundation’s aim is to serve society through programmes that reduce stress, restore human values and encourage people from all backgrounds and cultural traditions to come together in celebration and service.

Founded by spiritual leader and humanitarian, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the Foundation has special consultative status with the UN’s Economic and Social Council, participating in a variety of committees and activities relating to health, education, sustainable development and conflict resolution.

This year more than 40,000 people gathered in Berlin to celebrate the Foundation’s 30th anniversary. To mark the anniversary, the Art of Living organisation in each country has been asked to name a recipient for the inaugural Art of Living Humanitarian Award.

For more information, see www.artofliving.org.nz/


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