Charity worker Noble honoured by Vietnam
Published 08/12/2010 | 05:00
CHARITY campaigner Christina Noble was yesterday awarded the Order of Friendship medal by the Vietnamese government, the first Irish person to ever receive the award.
Ms Noble was awarded the medal by Vietnamese president Nguyen Minh Triet and was presented with it at a special ceremony in the Vietnamese embassy in London.
Since 1990, the woman known as "Mama Tina" has been working with street children in Vietnam, setting up well over 100 projects in the country and further projects in Mongolia.
These projects have helped more than 600,000 children and their families.
Speaking as she was about to receive her award, Ms Noble said she wanted to thank the Vietnamese government and people "from the bottom of my heart".
"We are working well with the Vietnamese government and our colleagues but most importantly, we are getting great results from the kids," she said.
Ms Noble endured a difficult and sometimes violent life before a dream prompted her to help Vietnam's street children.