By ASEM -
“On a heartwarming and uplifting night in the lively city of Hong Kong, filled with touching stories, entertainment and charity, THE ONE 2014 - Barbara Hofmann, was announced on June 12th at the award’s third Gala Dinner held at Holiday Golden Mile. 400 of Hong Kong’s socialites, celebrities, decision makers and entrepreneurs came to honor the four finalists selected for the award.
THE ONE finalist Narayanan Krishnan, Award Major Donor Peter Bennett and THE ONE finalist Scott Neeson
Setting the scene for an unforgettable evening the finalists were flown in from all corners of the globe including Narayanan Krishnan from Madurai, India; Rosalind Colwill from Nigeria, Africa (who was unable to make it to Hong Kong for the evening); Scott Neeson who works extensively in Cambodia; and Barbara Hofmann whose cause is in Mozambique, Africa.
THE ONE ambassador- International Star Donnie Yen, RIP Gary Huang, PDG David Harilela, Bill Benter
Our very own Rotary International President, Gary Huang also made a guest appearance to the event. In his keynote speech, he encouraged guests to follow the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self” and emphasized the importance of a shared passion for service to overcome the world’s toughest challenges.
We are proud to dedicate THE ONE 2014 award of $100,000 USD to Barbara Hofmann, known to many thousands of children in Mozambique as “Mama,” who devoted her life to the children of war-torn Mozambique by founding the ASEM - Association Pour Les Enfants de Mozambique - in 1991. Her mission involves working directly to help the marginalized children and youth of Mozambique and investing in ways to improve and empower these children towards a better tomorrow. ASEM has transformed the lives of up to 15,000 children in its first 16 years; through its health, hunger and literacy programs operated from ASEM’s children’s centers and schools.
What is THE ONE International Humanitarian Award?
THE ONE International Humanitarian Award is now proudly entering its fourth year. Over the first three years, THE ONE has awarded and supported 13 unsung heroes and also rewarded the nominating Rotary clubs with a total US$800,000. Throughout the years, these unsung heroes have used the award money to build schools and hospitals, to provide medicine and medical care to the needy and to educate and protect the powerless children of the world. These heroes have affected and improved the lives of millions in India, Nigeria, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, the Philippines, East Timor, Thailand, India, Mongolia, Vietnam, Myanmar (Burma) and Cambodia.
THE ONE, was conceptualized and founded by Past District Governor David Harilela 2011-2012, and is the first international humanitarian award launched by Rotary International District 3450 (RI D3450). This award aims to find the unsung hero of today by accessing the powerful Rotary network of over 1.2 million people. As signified by the Rotary motto, Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.
Each year, THE ONE award is rewarded to that special caring individual who truly puts Service Above Self – THE ONE who dedicates his/her life to helping those in need every single day.
THE ONE is someone who dedicates himself to the improvement of mankind, works for the highest standard of good, acts with compassion and kindness and can come from any part of the world, regardless of gender, race or ethnic background.”
We, the volunteers at ASEM Worldwide and the children, would like to thank The Rotary Club 3450, their sponsors and supporters for this recognition and reward.
Excerpted from The Rotary Club 3450