Amnesty concert brings brothers' groups together

Firstly, Hamilton brothers set up Amnesty International groups at their respective schools, now the two are collaborating on a concert to support children's rights.

Josh Nachowitz, 17, set up an Amnesty group at Hillcrest High School in term two this year and younger brother Adam, 12, more recently followed suit at Berkley Normal Middle School.

The two groups will come together today for the Hillcrest group's Children's Right To Life Amnesty International awareness concert.

It's the groups' first major event, Josh said, although his interest in Amnesty goes back a long way.

"[We] almost grew up attending lectures and presentations on justice and human rights. So I guess that comes from our household and family," he said.

The recently created group of about 30 Hillcrest pupils decided human rights for children would be the right focus for their first event.

"We're looking at child soldiers, children in war zones, the detrimental effects on children and families, and children in refugee camps, families fleeing war and persecution in their countries," he said.

Acts from poetry to music and dance relating to the themes will be featured.

Josh will be on hosting duties and also joining a folk group in song, while Adam will sing with the Berkley group.

Gold-coin donations will go to a yet-to-be-decided charity which works with children in war zones, but Josh said awareness of human rights offences was the main aim.

"Anything [concertgoers] can do to help can make a difference. Amnesty International works with millions of volunteers around the world, each just doing a little bit, and has incredibly positive results. Just signing a petition can make a difference, or writing a postcard to a prisoner."

The concert is at 7pm tonight at the Hillcrest High School auditorium. Entry is by gold coin.

Waikato Times