Actress Priyanka Chopra who has taken up the cause of fighting for the rights of refugees and displaced people as a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador has been feted with the Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice. Priyanka Chopra was invited by the Harmony Foundation to get the award for lending her support and contribution towards social causes. Her mother Madhu Chopra collected the honour here on her behalf.
A source revealed to a leading daily, “The Mother Teresa Memorial International Awards for Social Justice aims to felicitate selfless and intrepid individuals who have channeled all of their energies and creativity to further the aims of social justice to encourage society to imbibe these virtues of peace.
Priyanka Chopra received the award for her contribution towards lending her support to social causes, such as her recent visit to Syria, where she met and interacted with refugee children. The actor is also UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassador and is known for supporting various philanthropic activities.”
While Priyanka Chopra wasn’t available to collect the award, her mother, Dr. Madhu Chopra received it on her behalf. Speaking about it, Madhu Chopra told a leading daily, “As a mother, I am very proud to have a child who is so compassionate and kind. She exemplifies the fact that the more you give, the more you get.
Even as a child, she was influenced by Mother Teresa and has been supporting Prem Niwas in Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh). It is justifiable for her to receive this award and I am immensely proud of her. I’m thankful and I’m sure she is humbled that her efforts have been recognized by the foundation, which Believes in helping the needy, supporting the deprived and raising funds for the impoverished.” Madhu Chopra said in a statement.
In the past, famous personalities such as Kiran Bedi, Anna Hazare, Oscar Fernandes, Sudha Murty, Malala Yousafzai, Sushmita Sen and Bilquis Bano Edhi have been honoured with the Mother Teresa Memorial Award.