Valerie Ann Taylor, founder and coordinator of Centre for Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP), has won the Rotary International award, says a press release.She will receive a custom-designed trophy and $ 100,000 as prize money. The money, donated by award sponsor Richard Elman, is meant for taking her humanitarian cause and service projects even further.In the citation, the award committee said, “Her work restoring the lives of the paralysed here in Bangladesh is truly unparalleled. She has great compassion for the neglected members of Bangladesh’s society.”A British-born physiotherapist and humanitarian, Valerie established the CRP in 1979, where around 15,000 outpatients are given medical care every year. CRP also works to reduce accidents and provides schooling and vocational training for patients, read the press release.
This year’s award was announced by The One project, a scheme conceptualised and founded by Rotarian David Harilela. It is the first international humanitarian award launched by Rotary International District 3450 in Hong Kong, Macau and Mongolia.
Bangladeshi Rotarian Khondakar Shahidul Hasan, former president of Rotary Club Uttara, was the nominator for Valerie.
“I am so happy that her relentless work has been recognised by a prestigious platform of the Rotarians,” said Hasan in the press release.
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As a result of the many road accidents occurring on our roads, streets and lanes, together with the emotional, psychological and rising financial costs to Bangladesh each year, Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) nurses back to health of the rising number of victims caused by careless and inconsiderate driving, poorly maintained vehicles and irresponsible behavior. Many of the victims of this careless and inconsiderate behavior are left with a life of disability and readjustment back into society.
CRP therefore has a strong interest in the promotion of better road safety for its users and acknowledging past and present victims together with the life-long impact. Meanwhile, CRP’s ongoing program of education for road safety and awareness continues regularly, with staff visiting schools highlighting the importance to children of safety and care on our roads.
So, CRP has given special importance to the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims which is observed on 3rd Sunday of every November around the world. It is a day to remember those who died or were injured in road traffic accident and to recall the plight of their loved ones who must cope with the consequences of their death or injuries.More...