We’re delighted to be supporting Robert F Kennedy Human Rights UK with its trust and foundation fundraising as it plans ambitious engagement and learning projects here in the UK. This involves both fundraising for the foundation’s Human Rights schools’ programme, and for a major event in Manchester, the inaugural Ripples of Hope Festival. In a time when division and intolerance are ever-evident, it’s wonderful to work on plans which will bring people together to consider their shared humanity.

Half a century ago, Robert F. Kennedy’s family and friends set up Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights in the US and dedicated themselves to working towards a common goal: achieving Bobby Kennedy’s dream of a more just and peaceful world.​ Building on the incredible legacy and impact of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights in the US, to whom it is affiliated, is working with partners to develop a programme that empowers people to make the everyday decisions that make human rights reality – to become Ripples of Hope.

For the last 70 years, the ideals of human rights – the best expression of the interests of people that humankind has ever found – have driven human progress all over the world. Yet recent years have demonstrated that we cannot take a global system anchored in human rights for granted – belief in human rights or the desire to work for them is not a given or guaranteed. Not only is the advance of human rights being slowed, but the gains that have been made are being actively eroded. Many of us consider Human Rights as something relevant to ‘faraway’ places.

One of the many pleasures of working on this project is the opportunity to revisit Bobby Kennedy’s life and inspirational words:

“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

Robert F. Kennedy