I am very excited to let you know that I will be traveling to Australia next month to attend Rotary International’s 2014 convention in Sydney, where I will receive Rotary’s 2013-14 Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award on June 3rd.
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.
My life-changing experience with Rotary began in 1989 when I received a Rotary fellowship to study at St. Xavier’s College in India. It was while traveling in India that I was inspired to found the Global Fund for Children. I will always be grateful to Rotary International for making that transformative experience possible, and throughout my career I have always sought to embody Rotary’s ideal of ‘service above self.’ I am honored to have been chosen to receive this alumni award in recognition of the Global Fund for Children’s efforts to help vulnerable children throughout the world. See the official announcement here.