Speaking at the event, LOANI VNUK President Hoang Hai Ha said it organised the award ceremony on the occasion of the coronation of King Charles III and the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the U.K., with the hope to tighten the relationship and create prosperity and sustainable development to both countries.

Individuals are honored at the ceremony.

She said organizations and individuals nominated for the award are inspirational figures, entrepreneurs, young leaders, and young talents operating in the fields from education, health, culture, and art to volunteering, humanitarian activities, and community connectivity.

The Inspiring Global Leader of the Year award was given to Katrin Kandel, CEO of Facing the World - a British charity that supports surgeries for Vietnamese children with congenital maxillofacial malformations, provides professional training for Vietnamese surgeons and sponsors medical equipment and technology for remote medical examination and treatment for Vietnamese hospitals.

The Prestigious Organization of the Year Award was given to the Vietnamese Intellectuals Association in the U.K. and Northern Ireland - an organization gathering more than 100 professors, associate professors, and senior lecturers at more than 60 universities in the U.K. and Ireland.

Nguyen Thi Minh Thu, CEO of An Phu Pearl and Jewelry Company, received the Entrepreneur of the Year award as her company has supported to build bridges and houses, and giving gifts to people in disadvantaged areas in Vietnam. The company also participates in the project to build 200 libraries for schools across Vietnam.

The School of the Year Award was presented to Ark Oval Primary Academy (London) for its contribution to promoting the culture of minority communities, including organizing a Vietnamese lunar New Year celebration.

The Star of the Year award went to William Nguyen, a 13-year-old boy known as a musical prodigy with many achievements in music and mathematics.

Many other awards were also given to others that have had community support activities such as disaster relief, free medical examination and treatment for the poor, and support for Vietnamese during the pandemic.

LOANI VNUK is a member of London-based global LOANI founded by British African-American Professor Caroline Makaka in 2017.  It focuses on activities to raise awareness about equal rights of women and children, mental health, training young leaders, preserving Vietnamese culture, helping children and elderly people in Vietnam, the U.K., and Africa.

Source: VNA