'Mother Teresa of Tomorrow' wins the Harilela 'The One' award for helping Ethiopian nomads

PUBLISHED : Monday, 18 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 18 June, 2012, 12:00am


Over 360 guests, celebrities and socialites turned out on June 8 at the Holiday Inn Golden Mile for the inaugural ceremony of 'The One' - an award founded by Rotary International District 3450's governor David Harilela to honour philanthropists across the globe.

Five finalists - Valerie Browning from Ethiopia, Joe Maier from Thailand, Daniel Murphy from East Timor, Cecilia Flores-Oebanda from the Philippines and Shruti A. Shroff from India - flew in for the event, which hands out US$100,000 to further the person's charitable cause.

Anglican Overseas Aid's Browning, an Australian nurse who has lived and worked with the nomadic Afar people of Ethiopia for 20 years was this year's winner.

'This award is not mine; it is for the Afar people. Sometimes it feels like the world wants to wipe them off the face of the earth, but this will make sure the Afar people remain a part of this world,' Browning said at the event.

Harilela said in his speech that Browning was the 'Mother Teresa of Tomorrow'.

Crooners Howard McCrary and Tricia Buser provided entertainment for the guests, which included Hari Harilela, former secretary for justice Elsie Leung Oi-sie and ambassador for The One, action film star Donnie Yen Ji-dan.