Meet our 2017 World of Difference recipients


We are very excited to introduce the World of Difference Award Recipients for 2017!

This year’s recipients will join a whanau of 91 inspiring individuals who have made a commitment to their communities and to the young people of Aotearoa. Huge congratulations and welcome to the whanau, Karla, Kendal, Tabby, Victoria and Des. We can’t wait to see the incredible things you do during your World of Difference year!

Keep reading below to learn more about this amazing group of people and their World of Difference projects.


Karla Sanders


Bullying has a devastating impact on the lives of young people. We need youth leadership and youth voices to change that. That’s why Karla Sanders co-founded Sticks ’n Stones, a youth-led organisation that involves young people in the planning, decision making and delivery of anti-bullying programmes. Karla approached the Vodafone Foundation for support to grow Sticks ‘n Stones from a regional project to an independent, robust and sustainable national programme, focused on making change in rural communities. Supporting Karla to nurture passionate young change makers and to build a national network of leaders is something we’re very excited about. With Vodafone’s help, the voices of young people can be heard and together we can stop bullying


Kendal Collins


Kendal Collins started Sisters United to combat the negative effects of bullying, low self-esteem, negative body image and cultural disconnection. Her organisation provides fresh, creative, culturally responsive programs that support young women to build a stronger sense of self-worth and cultural identity. Young Queen’s is a peer-mentoring program run in South Auckland for young women based at The Palace Dance Studio. The program uses spoken word, dance and art to explore ideas through expression, helping young women discover their talents, build their confidence and find their voice. With the support of the Vodafone Foundation, Kendal and Sisters United are building a crew of Young Queens who have the confidence, passion and skills to achieve their dreams.


Tabby Besley


Rainbow young people in New Zealand are five times more likely to attempt suicide and at least three times more likely to experience bullying. Those statistics aren’t changing – they’re getting worse, and that’s not good enough. That’s why Tabby Besley founded InsideOUT, an organisation that supports journeys of positive change and inclusivity in schools and communities, aiming to give young people of sexual and gender minorities a sense of safety and belonging. With the support of the Vodafone Foundation Tabby’s work can reach further across Aotearoa and provide support, affirmation and belonging to those that need it the most.


Victoria Hearn


Victoria Hearn believes that access to housing is a basic human right. Without a safe place to live it’s difficult for young people to access education, get employment or support themselves financially. That’s why Victoria joined the team at Lifewise to focus on providing accommodation options that help young people maximise their choices. By providing stable accommodation and support, young people have a base to build from and a chance to develop independent living skills. With Vodafone’s help Victoria can dedicate her time to Lifewise and together, we can end homelessness.


Des Warahi


Not all young people start out with the same opportunities, but Des Warahi believes we can create more positive pathways if we involve whanau and community. Des will be spending his World of Difference year working with the Matipo Community Development Trust in Whanganui. He’ll be mentoring upcoming leaders, building organisational capacity and helping to deliver

Practical, hands on youth development programmes in horticulture and carpentry. With the Vodafone Foundation behind him, Des hopes to see more young people on the path to education and employment, with their community and whanau supporting them all the way.