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Rosmah Receives International Peace And Harmony Award | 17/04/2010
Untitled document NEW YORK, April 17 2010 (Bernama) -- Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, wife of the Malaysian Prime Minister, received the International Peace and Harmony Award from the United States (US) Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU), Friday night.

The award, in recognition of her extensive charitable work and to celebrate the important links between Malaysia and the US, was presented to her by a former US Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger at a dinner function held at the St Regis Hotel here, which was attended by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The BCIU, which was incepted in 1955 as a White House initiative, has been a neutral, result-oriented partner, facilitating dialogue and alliances between world businesses and political leaders.

Rosmah in receiving the award created by renowned sculptor Sergey Eylanbekov, said she was delighted and honoured in receiving the award from an organisation with a mission of promoting international understanding through people-to-people contact.

"This award will serve to inspire and encourage not only myself but also other people to continue working for important causes that benefit those in need," she said.

Rosmah, who is also the Bakti President, said she always believed that "all of us are here, in this life, for a reason. In God's great wisdom, every individual human being is created for a purpose.

"To my mind, it is important for us to always be attuned to the world we live in, and to be aware of how lucky we are and in doing so strive to give to those who are less fortunate," she said.

Rosmah, who is also the Patron for Children in Hope Foundation Malaysia, said as a mother it always pained her when she watched news and read reports of children suffering through no fault of their own, whether it was caused by war and conflict, natural disasters, or actions of irresponsible parties.

"It is heart wrenching that the lives of children are interrupted and at times are completely destroyed in just the blink of an eye.

"It is even more heart breaking when you realise that such children at times receive little or no help at all, and are left to their own devices, emotionally scarred for life, robbed of the limitless potential they could have had if only they were given the right opportunities," she said.

Rosmah said it was always with this thought in mind that she took on difficult challenges in carrying out humanitarian aid and charity, because she knew that somewhere out there, there were children who needed held.

Rosmah has been active in many oragnisations and has been wearing different hats including as the President of the Persatuan Pandu Puteri Malaysia, Patron for the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM), Persatuan Warga Cinta Negara Malaysia (PENCINTA) and Thalasemia Association Malaysia, besides as the Chairman of the Working Committee for Permata Negara.

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