Valerie Ann Taylor,  THE ONE winner 2013 Update

THE ONE is honoured to update all of our supporters regarding the future plans of our four 2013 Finalists. We are excited to share with you how they will be spending their prize money and continuing to change our world! Stay tuned for our next few newsletters as we will be featuring a separate finalist each month.

Thank you our Founding Award Donor Mr. Richard Elman, Major Award Donor Mr. Peter Bennett and the all the donors and supporters. With all your support, Ms. Valerie and all the finalists will be able to continue their good works.

How would Valerie plan to use THE ONE award money and the donations?

She is using the USD 100,000 award money to build 2 hostels:

1. A new and permanent hostel building for the disabled school going children at CRP. This will be necessitated because the location of the present single storied temporary building (which has a tin roof) is now required as the site for a new international students multi storied accommodation building.

2. An additional hostel accommodation for those patients undergoing physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech & language therapy, provision of wheeled mobility aids and artificial limbs and orthoses at CRP-Savar.

Other than the award money, Valerie received also HK$ 62,000 from some of the generous THE ONE gala dinner guests.

She will use this donation for the work of the Spinal Cord Injury Development Association in Bangladesh (SCIDAB).   This is a partner organisation of CRP and employs one project officer, Mr Anwar Hossain, who is a wheelchair user.    They have previously received “seed money” in order to set up the organisation and have been waiting for registration from the Government of Bangladesh to enable them to apply for funding independently.