The prestigious CNN Hero of the Year award has come to Nepal again. In 2011, Anuradha Koirala had become the first Nepali to win it and in 2012, Pushpa Basnet had brought it home again. This time around it has not been won by a Nepali but someone who has dedicated her life to the children of Nepal. Maggie Doyne, a resident of Mendham, New Jersey was announced the 2015 CNN Hero of The Year at American Museum of Natural History on November 17 in New York City. Along with the award, Doyne’s BlinkNow Foundation received an additional $100,000 grant to further aid her cause.
Maggie and her nonprofit BlinkNow Foundation provide education in addition to a supportive and encouraging community to orphaned, impoverished, and at-risk children in Surkhet, Nepal. While accepting her award, Doyne stated, “There is no time to waste. If you are educated and free, empowered and safe, you have to use your strength, your power, and your gifts to help the rest of our human family.”
Maggie flaunted a beautiful dress by Prabal Gurung in the event hosted by Anderson Cooper. The evening’s celebrity presenters included Taylor Schilling, Neil Patrick Harris, Sharon Stone, Kathy Griffin, Common, Kelly Ripa, Chris Noth, and Zachary Quinto. Singer and actress Victoria Justice presented Doyne with her honor.
The event, All-Star Tribute, is scheduled to air on CNN, Sunday, December 6, at 8pm/ET.
Read Maggie’s story HERE. Congratulations ‘Superhero’, we are proud of you!