2020 ATC Award Recipients
The Australia Tibet Council is fortunate to have deeply dedicated supporters. With the aim of recognising members who have made significant contributions over the years, ATC has created annual awards with two categories:
The Snowlion Certificate of Appreciation
The Snowlion is an emblem of Tibet and is represented on the Tibetan flag symbolising power, strength and fearlessness.
The Damien Lovelock Award for Meritorious Service
The late Damien Lovelock, lead signer of the renowned Australian band The Celibate Rifles, was deeply dedicated to the Tibet cause and generously left a bequest to ATC in his will. The Damien Lovelock Award recognises supporters who have made an extraordinary contribution to our work.
2020 AWARD RECIPIENTS
Ingrid Tomberg: Snowlion Certificate of Appreciation
From managing the distribution of calendars, books and gift packs to hosting envelope stuffing gatherings for mailouts, Ingrid has gone above and beyond, generously donating her time and space to help raise funds for ATC. Ingrid has dedicated countless hours to packing and posting our special merchandise offerings, allowing ATC to expand the scope of what we can practically sell. The ATC board expresses its deep gratitude for Ingrid’s support.
Alison Rowland: Snowlion Certificate of Appreciation
Alison became a life member of ATC more than two decades ago! She has donated generously over the years and continues to support our annual appeals. As a young woman she heard on the radio about China’s invasion of Tibet in the 1950s. Alison’s commitment to the cause is as enduring and unwavering as the Tibetan spirit of hope that Tibet will be free. Her determination is inspiring and illustrates the strength of the movement for a free Tibet – that we will never give up. ATC extends a heartfelt thank you to Alison for her dedication.
Alex Butler: Damien Lovelock Award for Meritorious Service
A former ATC Chair and life time member, Alex has continued her involvement with ATC over the decades. Alex bravely travelled to China to undertake a protest for Tibet in Beijing, holding up a banner and calling on a visiting Australian minister to ask China to make available photographs of the Panchen Lama in 2000. Alex has also contributed her lobbying expertise and had many discussions with politicians asking them to take action on Tibet, most recently she was part of our Tibet Lobby Week in 2020 – Alex’s tenacity is exemplary. ATC is lucky to have Alex’s strategic mind and calm manner on our side campaigning for Tibet. Thank you Alex, for everything you have done for ATC
George Farley: Damien Lovelock Award for Meritorious Service
George has been an integral part of ATC since it was founded. He has donated significant funds to support our campaigns, and continues his generous support to this day. George has served as an ATC board member, chairperson and spokesperson working diligently to grow support for Tibet in Australia for decades. The visit of the Dalai Lama to Australia in 2007 is credited to an invitation extended to His Holiness by George. The visit was an enormous success with thousands of Australians attending his talks and being moved by his message and for ATC the highlight of the event was the Monash University debate where the Dalai Lama exercised his quick wit and strategic mind making the case for the rights and freedoms of the Tibetan people. We thank George for his decades of dedication to Tibet and ATC.