Priyanka Chopra was honored with the Mother Teresa Memorial Award. She was also recently elected as the Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF and made headlines for visiting Syrian refugees. She has been often applauded for her efforts to help refugee kids and those in distress.
On being felicitated at the 13th Mother Teresa Memorial Awards, she said “Thank you, Harmony Foundation. I am truly honored to receive the prestigious Mother Teresa Memorial Awards for social justice. Mother Teresa embodies the values of compassion and kindness, and I am so humble that you deemed me worthy of this award. Meeting refugee children around the world have been both heart-breaking and truly inspiring to me. Despite for being displaced for no fault of their own, these kids are filled with positivity and hope, looking for ways to make the world a better place. I sincerely pray that they fulfill their dreams and ambitions and I truly truly believe, this is something we can help nudge forward, just by extending our hands and support. I am so glad that this year’s theme is ‘Compassion Beyond Borders’ because this is truly what the world needs today. And, I know we normally think that these problems are beyond our reach and there is nothing we can do about it but that’s not true. Here’s a step in the right direction. I, Priyanka Chopra put a challenge forth to the children of India, lend a helping hand to refugee children in Syria, Iraq, South-East Asia, Africa by bringing awareness to the student community in India, and by participating in Harmony Foundation’s initiative child to child connect. Together we can make a difference!”
The award was received by Priyanka’s mother Dr. Madhu Chopra. However, Priyanka addressed the audience through an onscreen video clip, sharing gratitude on having received this award.
Mother Teresa Memorial Awards was initiated by Harmony Foundation in 2005. This award ceremony celebrates the unique legacy and global imprint of Mother Teresa since there is no legacy in the world that speaks uniquely about Mother Teresa of Kolkata.