Ten Foundations founder Ian Campbell, 68, is the latest recipient of a Point of Light award which recognises inspirational volunteers.
After a visit to the village of Navotas, Balayan, Batangas in the Philippines in 2011, he was moved to try to help the community which suffers from extreme poverty.
He went on to build an orphanage and create a livelihood programme to find sustainable employment for 30 mothers, in turn supporting 150 children.
Mr Campbell’s efforts have also inspired students from Queen’s University, Belfast to develop a soap-making project with proceeds going to Ten Foundations.
“HE SHOULD BE PROUD OF HIS ACHIEVEMENTS AND I AM PLEASED TO NAME IAN A POINT OF LIGHT.”
Prime Minister David Cameron
Mr Campbell continues to visit the Philippines twice a year and also runs a charity shop in Belfast, selling bags made in Navotas and with the proceeds going back into the community.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Thanks to Ian’s hard work and enthusiasm, children’s lives in Navotas in the Philippines are changing for the better.”
Mr Campbell is the 220th winner of a Point of Light award across the UK.
The award programme has been developed in partnership with the Points of Light scheme in the US, which was first established by President George H W Bush and has recognised over 5,000 volunteers.
“It’s really great to receive this award – it means a lot, not just to me, but to all our hard-working volunteers both here in Northern Ireland and in the Philippines,” Mr Campbell said.
“From all at Ten Foundations, I want to say a big, big thank you.”
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