OLYMPIC gold medallist Katie Taylor presented nurse-turned-tireless charity leader Gladys Thomas with a prestigious award to mark her efforts to help children in earthquake-stricken Haiti.
At the major fundraising Haiti Ball in the Four Seasons Hotel in Dublin last night, Ms Thomas's efforts to provide shelter for the many orphaned children were hailed as exceptional as she was presented with the William Jefferson Clinton Goodwill for Humanity award.
The ball was just one of a series of events organised by Irish charity Haven, which is working to rebuild communities in the devastated country.
Haven founder and Independent News & Media chairman Leslie Buckley said: "When I met Gladys in Haiti, and had the honour of seeing her work first hand, I was deeply moved by her unwavering commitment to her work. We are privileged that she could join us at the Haiti Ball 2013."
Organisers said they hoped to raise €200,000 during Haiti Week, which concludes tonight with Haiti Fest, headlined by band Ham Sandwich, at The Sugar Club in Dublin.
This month marks the third anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti that killed over 300,000 and left more than 1.6 million homeless. There are still nearly 400,000 people in Haiti living in tents and taking shelter under plastic sheeting.