Here below are the details of the prestigious international Award Honoris Causa Gambrinus Mazzotti that Kuki Gallmann was given unanimously on the occasion of the XXXV edition of the Award in her native Italy.
Below a short translated version of the original longer motivation -from Italian- and a synthesis of the translation of my acceptance speech, which I shall read on phone from Kenya live on the 18th, the evening of the price giving ceremony.
I shall a part write and read a piece about my late Father who inspired my life choices since I when was a child.
…” On the occasion of The XXXV Edition of the award, the Jury of the International Premio Letterario Gambrinus Mazzotti for adventure and ecology unanimously confers, the PREMIO HONORIS CAUSA GAMBRINUS MAZZOTTI to Author and Conservationist Kuki Gallmann for her tireless and courageous commitment to the protection of the Environment and of Ol Ari Nyiro, Laikipia Nature Conservancy, in Kenya, in addition to the numerous activities in support of the local Kenyan communities through The Gallmann Memorial Foundation, that she founded as a memorial to her late husband and son.
San Polo di Piave, Italy
18 Novembre 2017″
Kuki’s acceptance words:
” I am deeply moved and honoured to receive from my native Italy this prestigious recognition for my dedication to Kenya’s Environment and for my work, at this momentous time in my life, and I choose this occasion to renew my untarnished commitment to the environment and to the neighbouring communities of my adoptive Country, my home of 45 years.
I would like to express my gratitude to the Jury, and in particular to my family, to the staff and team of Ol Ari Nyiro, Laikipia Nature Conservancy without whom no achievement would have been possible.
At this difficult time, this is a positive recognition not just for me, but for Kenya, the country I love, where I have lived for 45 years, to which I owe my inspiration and to the conservation of the Nature of which I have dedicated all my life.
I wish to take this opportunity to reiterate my loyalty to Kenya and to all the inhabitants of my home in Laikipia.
In hope of lasting Peace between People and People and People and Nature.
Bless you all.
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