Geraldine O’Grady, a special needs teacher from Romford, has been shortlisted to win a coveted humanitarian honour.
Geraldine, nominated for her volunteer work in India, inspired the creation of MAITS, a global disability volunteering charity that has reached over 600,000 people with disabilities in over 20 developing countries.
She said: “I am honoured and humbled to be nominated for Bond’s volunteer award. My colleagues and I believe that everyone deserves to have their needs met, but also to have ”a voice”.
“I am so proud that MAITS has strived to achieve this over the past 10 years, by enabling sustainable, inclusive health and education support to children and young people with development disabilities in low resource countries.”
Bond is the leading UK membership body for organisations working in international development.
The 470 members range from large organisations such as Oxfam, Save The Children and UNICEF UK, to a wide selection of smaller local charities.
The Bond International Development Awards celebrate the exceptional work undertaken by people like Geraldine that often goes unrecognised.
The Volunteer Award specifically honours the hidden heroes giving up their time and donating their skills, often in challenging and demanding environments.
The Romford special needs teacher is joined by seven other deserving finalists in this category, with the overall winner announced at an awards ceremony in London on March 18.
Mike Wright, Director of Communications at Bond, says: “All the nominations in this category are a great reflection of the hard work that goes on, often behind the scenes, by so many dedicated volunteers.
“It is a genuine pleasure to be honouring such a diverse range of humanitarians and shining a light on these inspirational people and the incredible work they are doing.”