WEDNESDAY 22ND AUGUST 2018
5:45pm at Moama Bowling Club
FREE to MBN members | $95 for non-members
Dinner provided | Drinks at bar prices
Inspired by a video of Mother Theresa, at the tender age of 7, Moira Kelly bounded in from school and announced to her stunned mother, that one day, she too would work with the renowned Nun from Calcutta. And so began, the inspirational vocation and life of an ‘ordinary girl from Melbourne’, who became an extraordinary Humanitarian, Australian and Citizen of the World.
At only 18, Moira did indeed work with Mother Theresa in Calcutta which was the start of an exciting 14-year humanitarian venture abroad. Moira worked in the soup kitchens of Johannesburg, orphanages in Romania, refugee camps in Bosnia and with sick adults and children in Albania.
It was during the Bosnian war, that Moira began her self-funded medical evacuation of children for life saving and life altering operations. By 2001, Moira had already helped 120 children with her amazing tenacity and ability to solicit the support and resources of friends, family, surgeons, hospitals and volunteers. In 2001, Moira returned to Australia to establish the ‘Children’s First Foundation’ on land she had been given to help children. Inspired by Moira’s selfl ess contribution the Rotary Club, friends and family joined forces to build the house, where to date more than 350 children have been treated for a variety of critical conditions including open heart surgery, plastic surgery and new prosthetic limbs. In all cases the lives of these children and their families have been transformed.
In 2016 Moira created the Moira Kelly Creating Hope Foundation. In recognition of her great work and achievements, Moira has received many awards. More important to Moira than any of these formal awards is the heart-warming confi rmation that by following her own inner guidance, ‘mountains can be moved’.
Moira’s latest humanitarian effort is well under way and will create a place of peace, tranquility and most importantly healing and hope to the embattled people living in some of the most war torn cities of the World. Because of Moira’s vision and determination, the “Global Gardens of Peace” has already secured 20 hectares of land in the Gaza strip. Top Architects from the Victorian Botanical Garden have spent the past year designing the plans for the beautiful new garden that will be a gift from the people of Australia, via Moira, of course and her always growing loyal band of volunteers and supporters.