Dunbar rotarian Robin Hamilton was presented with the prestigious Rotary ‘Champion of Change’ award at a recent ceremony at the House of Lords.
Robin was nominated for the award by Rotary District 1020 (covering south and central Scotland) for his involvement in tackling human trafficking in north east India by providing shelter homes and vocational training centres.
Robin has been the driving force behind the Kalimpong project – a project to provide a vocational training centre and shelter home for young women and girls who are at risk of being coerced into prostitution, slavery or forced marriage.
The project involved sixteen Rotary clubs in Scotland, England, India and Czech Republic together with three Rotary Districts.
In India a number of non-government organisations (NGOs), the churches of north east India, local community groups, the Scottish University Mission and national and local government organisations all participated in the project.
The House of Lords ceremony was hosted by Baron Inglewood of Hutton in the Forest and the Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, presented the awards.
Robin was accompanied to the presentation by his wife Carol and fellow Dunbar Rotarians, Elaine O’Brien (Assistant District Governor for Rotary District 1020) and John and Thelma Band.
The group were taken on a tour of the House of Lords by Baroness Helen Liddell before the presentation.
Later this year Robin will be leading a group of nine Rotarians from Dunbar on a visit Kalimpong. They will be the guests of the Kalimpong Rotary Club and will see at first hand the results of their efforts in helping the young women and girls.