Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka has announced the Reverend Bill Crews, the Founder and Chairman of the Exodus Foundation as the recipient of the 2015 NSW Human Rights Award at a function held on Tuesday 22 September at the Parliament House.

The Award pays tribute to those who support the disadvantaged and marginalized and endeavour to make NSW a better community.

The NSW Human Rights Award is presented annually in memory of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish businessman who saved thousands of Jews in Nazi-occupied Hungary during the Second World War.

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The Hon. John Ajaka MLC, Minister for Multiculturalism, Rev. Bill Crews, Ms Maha Abdo OAM, President of the Muslim Womens Association (2014 Winner)

Mr Ajaka said that he was delighted to announce that Reverend Bill Crews received this year’s award.

“Reverend Crews has dedicated his life to helping the elderly, sick, homeless and disadvantaged. His perseverance in positively influencing the community is outstanding and fully deserves this recognition,” Mr Ajaka said.

“The judging panel found that Reverend Crews was an esteemed community figure who has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of others. He is a passionate campaigner who exemplifies compassion, and will make an outstanding NSW Human Rights Ambassador.”

Mr Hakan Harman, CEO of  Multicultural NSW, The Hon. John Ajaka MLC, Minister for Multiculturalism, Rev. Bill Crews, Dr G.K Harinath OAM, Chairman of Multicultural NSW, Dr Geoff Lee MP, Member for Parramatta, Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism

Mr Hakan Harman, CEO of  Multicultural NSW, The Hon. John Ajaka MLC, Minister for Multiculturalism, Rev. Bill Crews, Dr G.K Harinath OAM, Chairman of Multicultural NSW, Dr Geoff Lee MP, Member for Parramatta, Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism

Reverend Bill Crews started his career as an electrical engineer and was introduced to the Wayside Chapel in late 1969.  After finding a strong connection with the congregation, he decided to quit his engineering career and work full time at the Wayside Chapel.  Bill since became a Minister for the Uniting Church and for 30 years has run the Exodus Foundation.   He is a Minister of the Ashfield Parish in Sydney’s Inner West.

The Hon John Ajaka MP, Rev Bill Crews, Mr Hakan Harman

The Hon John Ajaka MP, Rev Bill Crews, Mr Hakan Harman

The NSW Human Rights Award is presented annually in memory of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish businessman who saved thousands of Jews in Nazi-occupied Hungary during the Second World War.

The Hon John Ajaka MP and Prof Jamil Farooqui

The Hon John Ajaka MP and Prof Jamil Farooqui