The Guests of Honour at the event were H.E. Mr. Sarwar Danish, The Vice President of Afghanistan; Justice Dalveer Bhandari, Hon’ble Judge at the International Court of Justice; Ms. Yasuko Shimizu, Chief of Missions at UNHCR; Shri Ashish Shelar, BJP President, Mumbai; Ms. Shazia Ilmi, National Spokesperson, BJP; Shri P.C. Thomas, Former Union Minister; Shri Mahesh Bhatt, Eminent Filmmaker and Shri Tushar Gandhi, great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi.
The awardees for the Mother Teresa Memorial Awards 2017 included UNHCR, Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil, Hellenic Rescue Team, Shigeru Ban, Mercy Corps, A21, Bayat Foundation, Khalsa Aid, Caritas Internationalis, IsraAID, Zakat Foundation of India, and Priyanka Chopra.
Previous awardees have names such as H. H. The Dalai Lama, Malala Yousafzai, Sushmita Sen, Sudha Murthy, Late Faraaz Ayaaz Hossain, Late Neerja Bhanot, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, Nana Akufo-Addo (President of Ghana) and Baroness Caroline Cox.
The evening witnessed individuals who spoke about the global impact of the refugee crisis, the impressive work of the awardees, and the theme – compassion beyond borders. Ends