Don McKenzie, a former President of Waiheke Rotary and himself recipient of two Paul Harris Fellowships, presented the award to Billie. He said she has been given the award because she “exemplifies the humanitarian and educational objectives of Rotary Foundation”. He went on to say that “without Billie’s dedication and commitment the Hip-Operation phenomenon would not have happened and the lives of all the members of the group would have been poorer without you. More than that the Hip Hop-eration Film, which is being and will be shown all over the world, demonstrates the way diverse communities can help build world understanding and peace.”
Billie then gave a speech about her own life and her motivation for starting the Crew. It was an emotional and inspirational speech that moved many of the members to tears.
Last night Billie and the Crew embarked on the next stage of their journey as they set out for Taiwan where they are the only international group invited to perform to an audience of over 14,000 at the Taipei Stadium. The event is called ‘Seniors on Broadway’ and features 10 performance groups from around Taiwan; all aged in their retirement years.
Billie’s next objective is to take the Crew back to the home of Hip Hop in the Bronx New York where they hope to dance with and for the youth of America and the world. Rotary have told her they want to help fundraise to make this next step of their remarkable journey possible as nothing could better demonstrate the “tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations between peoples of the world.” Just so.
Congratulations Billie Jordan you are an inspiration to us all.