Mother Teresa has recently been posthumously conferred with the UK's prestigious Founders Award this year which is given to recognize and reward exemplary achievements of people within the global Asian community.
Mother Teresa will be conferred sainthood on September 4 of this year, which will interestingly fall a day before 19th death anniversary. Earlier in March this year, the pontiff Pope Francis had issued the decree setting the date of the late missionary’s canonization at a morning meeting with cardinals in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace.
The Founders Award at the 6th Asian Awards is held in the UK to recognise and reward exemplary achievement within the global Asian community across 14 categories that include business, philanthropy, entertainment, culture and sport.
The Asian awards were launched in 2010 by Paul Sagoo, entrepreneur and founder of the Lemon group. “It is great to honour Mother Teresa in the year of her canonisation which marks a great point in our history,” Sagoo said. Teresa's only living relative, her 72-year old niece, Agi Bojazhiu flew especially from Italy to receive the award.
Mother Teresa is widely known for her humanitarian work, having founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India. She has selflessly dedicated her entire life to serve the poor and downtrodden, worked for the betterment of society tirelessly. She founded the missionaries of charity through and spent 45 years serving the underprivileged. She died at the age of 87 in Calcutta. Mother Teresa was the recipient of numerous honours, including the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. In 2003, she was beatified as "Blessed Teresa of Calcutta".