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Valerie Taylor wins Rotary award

  • Published at 03:25 pm June 8th, 2013
Valerie Taylor wins Rotary award

Valerie Ann Taylor, the founder of Centre for Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP), has won a $100,000 humanitarian award launched by Rotary International District. The award for the year-2013 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, said a press release. 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. A British born physiotherapist and humanitarian, Valerie Ann Taylor was granted Bangladeshi citizenship in 1998 for her 43 years of selfless sacrifice to the poor and the disabled. Appalled at the neglect and maltreatment of those who were paralysed by spinal injury or disease, Valerie established the Centre for Rehabilitation of the Paralysed in 1979, where 15,000 outpatients are seen every year. CRP also works to reduce accidents and provides schooling and vocational training for patients. To empower the community, Valerie established the Bangladesh Health Professions Institute to train medical personnel.