A Celebration of Humanity tour 2023

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Celebration of Humanity


Tearfund is excited to be back on the road in May 2023 with A Celebration of Humanity speaking and photography tour in eight locations around the North Island.  

From the bustle of the biggest refugee camps to the intimacy of a newborn’s first kiss. From hospitals in remotest Africa to the gift of clean water. From disaster zones to the joy of childhood, these photos depict the moments, heartbreak, and kinship that touch us all. Let photographer and storyteller, Helen Manson, take you on a journey behind the lens and onto the front lines of some of our planet’s most challenging places.  

Be inspired and encouraged as Helen shares stories and images about some of the amazing work being done all over the globe, including child sponsorship. These powerful images celebrate our deepest emotional connections through A Celebration of Humanity. 

Gather your friends and whānau for a fun and inspiring evening in a town near you! There’ll be delicious dessert and refreshments as well as a Q&A with Helen during her presentation.

Tickets are just $5

Reserve your ticket here.

7pm – 7.30pm - Dessert and refreshments
7.30pm – Event begins


R16 recommendation: Some of the content shared on the evening will contain reference to sensitive and emotionally challenging topics such as sexual violence, which some individuals may find distressing.

Locations & Venues:

- Hamilton, Friday 5th May, Crossroads Church, Pukete 
- Auckland: Sunday 7th May, Belong Church, Wairau Valley (10am, free event as part of church service) 
- New Plymouth: Wednesday 10th May, City West Church, Whaler's Gate
- Palmerston North: Thursday 11th May, Christian Community Church, Takaro 
- Wellington: Friday 12th May, Lifepoint Church, Mount Cook  
- Auckland: Sunday 14th May, Revive Church, Pukekohe (10am, free event as part of a church service) 
- Cambridge: Monday 15th May, Raleigh St Christian Centre, Leamington 
- Auckland: Thursday 18th May, Auckland Bible Church, Greenlane


About Helen Manson  

Helen Manson is a multi-award-winning Kiwi humanitarian photographer and storyteller. Her work has taken her around the world to some of the most challenging environments documenting famine, refugee settlements, post-war environments, child sponsorship, micro-enterprise, trauma counselling and disaster zones. She’s travelled to more than 35 countries including Iraq, Lebanon, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia and India, documenting global humanitarian issues for charities and not-for-profit organisations. Helen lives in Auckland, New Zealand, with her husband and three young children.


About Tearfund’s Child Sponsorship Programme

Tearfund partners with Compassion International to help lift children out of poverty through child sponsorship. Sponsoring a child is a powerful and effective way to help change their lives and give them a future a child can usually only dream about. Sponsorship offers children good health, nutritional support, education, and the emotional, mental and spiritual support they need to create a better future for themselves.   

“Before sponsorship, I experienced hunger, as my family's small piece of land was our only source for food. But sponsorship changed my life. I received a scholarship to go to university and finished my MA in Plant Science. Now, I’m studying for my PhD in the United States so I can focus on food security and how we can create policies to help more farmers, like my mum, have enough to eat.” 

- Collins Bugingo, PhD student from Uganda 


For event enquiries, connect with us at events@tearfund.org.nz 





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