Hutt at Heart

Greg Besa, not a ‘sit and relax’ kind of guy

Greg Besa is a proud Lower Hutt man who is making a big difference in his community

On the evening I met him, he had just finished a meeting with the Keep New Zealand Beautiful Committee and was about to go to another. He knew it was going to be a late one.

Greg is not a ‘sit back and relax’ kind of man. He’s a member of multiple volunteer organisations; including, the Western Community Panel, Keep Lower Hutt Beautiful, Civic Awards Committee, the Hutt Multi Cultural Society and Iglesia ni Cristo – Church of Christ.

During his working hours he is a Personal Assistant to the Japanese Ambassador, an Uber contractor, a Justice of the Peace and, occasionally, a Foreign Media Correspondent for Eagle Broadcasting Corporation.

But the reason I’m speaking to him is because of his role as a White Ribbon Ambassador.

A White Ribbon Ambassador is a respected and influential role model. They play a vital role in building support, visibility and developing a shared understanding of the campaign within their social groups, workplaces and communities.

Ambassadors are chosen for their willingness to challenge the behaviour of abusive men, and to convey key messages directly to their own communities.

“I live a respectful life, I work hard to make sure my relationships, with family, friends and colleagues are always good” said Greg.

Greg has been an ambassador for a year and upholds the White Ribbon pledge to stand up, speak out and act to prevent whānau violence. He regularly advocates respectful relationships as it is the basis of what his church, Iglesia ni Cristo, teaches.

“The church teaches us to love, care and respect for our wives and children as they are blessings from heaven.”

He regularly shares the White Ribbon Ambassador message in the Filipino community, during the Philippine Embassy’s projects and events and when he’s at work.

“I spread the message at the same time as I live the message; I do seminars for the Filipino community as well as handing white ribbon cards/leaflets to people, particularly to men.”

Greg has a deep respect for women and high regard for their well-being, regardless of their cultural backgrounds, and is passionate about ending men’s violence towards women.

“It’s so important to, not only do it, but to also live up to it. I have three children, two boys and a girl. I want to make sure I’m passing on the best message to them and contributing to the world they’re growing up in.”

Greg Besa, his wife and his three children.

White Ribbon Campaign Trust is the Charity Partner for HighLight: Carnival of Lights 2019. All funds raised by HighLight and the events sponsors will be for the benefit of White Ribbon. For more information on how you can help, go to: whiteribbon.org.nz

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