Anuradha Koirala was chosen as CNNs 2010 Hero of the Year. Koirala is a member of a group who rescued more than 12,000 women and girls from sex slavery since 1993. With her organization, she has provided a loving home for these victims. A place for them to heal, go to school, learn a skill, and for some who are infected with HIV/AIDS.
Koirala was voted by the public in an online poll that ran for eight weeks on CNN.com. Anderson Cooper, CNN�s primary anchor, revealed the result at the conclusion of the fourth-annual �CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute.�
Actress Demi Moore, who is an advocate in eliminating child sex slavery worldwide and founder of DNA � Demi and Ashton Foundation, introduced Koirala.
�Human trafficking is a crime, a heinous crime, a shame to humanity,� Koirala said after being introduced as one of the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2010. �I ask everyone to join me to create a society free of trafficking. We need to do this for all our daughters.�
Koirala will receive $100,000 in addition to the $25,000 awarded to each of the top 10 Heroes honored Saturday night. She will back to Nepal to continue her heroic service.
Pen Farthing, who founded a nonprofit that reunites soldiers with stray dogs and cats they took in during combat, is the 2014 CNN Hero of the Year.
“There is no stronger bond between man and dog than that formed during war,” Farthing said at the annual tribute show, which aired Sunday night on CNN’s global networks.
The star-studded event, held in New York at the American Museum of Natural History, honored the Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2014 — everyday people making extraordinary efforts to change the world. Of those 10, CNN’s audience voted Farthing as the Hero of the Year.
“Wow, I am absolutely at a loss for words,” Farthing said as he accepted the award. “This is absolutely amazing. I would really like to thank everybody who voted for the Nowzad charity and what we do in Afghanistan and believing in us. And I would also like to thank all the other heroes in this room for doing what they do to make this world an absolute better place. Thank you guys for doing what you do. Thank you.”