Richard Moore receives Honorary Degree from the University of Ulster

In the closing ceremony of the University of Ulster summer graduations at the Millennium Forum on Tuesday 5th July, Richard Moore received the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) in recognition of his services to reconciliation and children's rights. Richard says of his achievement:

"I'm honoured and humbled to receive this honorary degree. I think it's a recognition of the excellent work carried out by everyone involved with Children in Crossfire and the communities we work with in Tanzania, Ethiopia and the Gambia. I am also delighted for my family, friends and the local community as without their support and encouragement throughout my life, I would not have achieved anything. It's a real honour to be acknowledged in this way by the University of Ulster, which is based in my own city and from which I also graduated in 1983".

Richard's receives honorary degreeRichard Moore was just ten years old and on his way home from school in Derry when he was shot in the face and blinded by a rubber bullet. But he has never used his blindness as an excuse for not getting on with his life. A man of many talents, Richard had enjoyed success as businessman, writer, musician, recording artist and, radio presenter and most recently as the founder and chief executive of the international humanitarian organisation, Children in Crossfire. He is to receive the degree of Doctor of Laws in recognition of his services to reconciliation and children's rights

When His Holiness the Dalai Lama, also an honorary graduate of Ulster, and who is a patron of Children in Crossfire, visited Derry to mark the 10th anniversary of the charity, he described Richard as his hero and friend, saying ‘I preach forgiveness. Richard lives it'.

An inspirational champion of reconciliation and children's rights, Richard did not succumb to bitterness but used his blindness to look at life differently. While building up Children in Crossfire, he embarked on a personal odyssey to find out more about the soldier who fired the rubber bullet, which blinded him so he could meet him, and personally forgive him. Their meeting and subsequent friendship with the soldier and how they travelled to India together last year to meet the Dalai Lama has been well documented.

Children in Crossfire works in collaboration with local organisations in Ethiopia, Gambia and Tanzania to protect and promote the rights of vulnerable children and to identify sustainable development opportunities. It has also adopted a strong advocacy role in these countries, lobbying policy makers, health and educational professionals who are working to create a better future for the local community.



 

All royalties from the sale of Richard's book will go to:
"I encourage people across the World
to hear what Richard has to say"
Dalai Lama

"Having listened to Richard at our Area meeting I found him to be Inspiring, Humble and very Geniune. He would cause you to rethink many things you do whether on a personal or business level. A truly great man."
Gerry Quinn,
Head of Business,
St. James's Place NI.

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