Richard honoured at Stormont

The All Party Group on International Development honoured local people who have made an outstanding contribution to international development at a special awards ceremony at Stormont on 29th March.

Richard Moore honoured at StormontRichard Moore, founder of Children in Crossfire, was given the Lifetime Achievement award in recognition of his tireless campaigning and work across the globe.

Photo depicts Richard Moore, Executive Director of Children in Crossfire with Conall Mc Devitt MLA, Chair of the All Party Group on International Development.

Blinded by a rubber bullet at the age of 10, making his way home from Primary School and caught in crossfire, Richard might well have been expected to grow up to be an embittered and disillusioned young man. Driven by an ever growing desire to convey his lack of resentment towards the soldier that shot him, he eventually tracked him down and met with him. They are, today, firm friends, and Charles and Richard now collaborate on many projects. In 1996 Richard gave up a successful business career to found Children in Crossfire and dedicate himself to improving the lives of the many children in the world suffering privations, chief among these being poverty, lack of healthcare and lack of education. Children in Crossfire has become a highly respected international development organisation working in partnership with local organisations, specifically in Tanzania, Ethiopia and The Gambia to deliver programmes which protect and promote the rights of young children, through the provision of healthcare, education services and advocacy initiatives. His indomitable spirit inspires all those around him to go "the extra mile".

Speaking of his award Richard said, ‘This is an incredible endorsement and acknowledgment of Children in Crossfire and the work that we do in Ireland and Africa. I see this very much as recognition of the hard work of everyone associated with Children in Crossfire. Without our supporters, staff, volunteers, board members and partners overseas, it would not be possible to achieve anything and I sincerely hope that everyone who has supported me and Children in Crossfire, share in this achievement. I would also like to thank the All-party group on international development. People in Ireland constantly punch above their weight in terms of their generosity for those less fortunate than themselves. The all party group on international development is another example of how we show our concern for others".

Speaking at the awards, Chair of the All Party Group on International Development Conall McDevitt MLA said; "These are our second international development awards, and form the major part of the All Party Groups' determination to honour and celebrate local contributions to international development."

Vice-chair Jim Wells MLA added; "It has been a great privilege to meet so many incredible people and hear their stories of how they have made a difference in the developing world. I have been humbled by the efforts of so many people who have made contributions, and delighted that we have been able to recognize them in this way."



 

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