On an uplifting night, filled with touching stories, entertainment and charity, THE ONE 2014 – Barbara Hofmann, was announced on June 12th at the award’s third Gala Dinner held at Holiday Golden Mile.  400 of Hong Kong’s socialites, celebrities, decision makers and entrepreneurs came to honour the four finalists selected for the award.

01 - Donnie Yen, Marc Elman, Audrey Touboul, THE ONE Barbara Hofmann and David Harilela 02- Founder David Harilela's Speech

The final four humanitarian finalists were flown in from all corners of the globe – Narayanan Krishnan from Madurai, India; Rosalind Colwill from Nigeria, Africa (who was unable to make it to Hong Kong for the evening); Scott Neeson, who works extensively in Cambodia; and Barbara Hofmann whose cause is in Mozambique, Africa.

Our very own Rotary International President-Elect, Gary Huang also made a guest appearance to the event. In his keynote speech, he encouraged guests to follow the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self” and emphasized the importance of a shared passion for service to overcome the world’s toughest challenges.

We are proud to dedicate THE ONE 2014 award of $100,000 USD to Barbara Hofmann, known to many thousands of children in Mozambique as “Mama,” who has devoted her life to the children of war-torn Mozambique by founding ASEM – Association Pour Les Enfants de Mozambqiue  – in 1991. Her mission involves working directly to help the marginalized children and youth of Mozambique and investing in ways to improve and empower these children towards a better tomorrow.  ASEM has transformed the lives of up to 15,000 children in its first 16 years; through its health, hunger and literacy programmes operated from ASEM’s children’s centres and schools.

As we continue to embark our journey of service to the world, we need your assistance in finding THE ONE 2015, an individual who truly puts Service Above Self, gives totally to his/her cause, dedicates his/her daily life to the improvement of mankind, advocates for humanity, works for the highest standard of good, and acts with compassion and kindness. Each Rotary Club is eligible to nominate and endorse one or more candidates for this honor. Please consult our website at: http://www.theonerotary3450.org/?page_id=9 to review the criteria for nominating a candidate.

05 Donnie Yen, RIPE Gary Huang, PDG David Harilela, Bill Benter 14_District 3450 leaders and Rotarians