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Tipperary Pleased To Welcome Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai - Photo Courtesy EPA

Malala Yousafzai – Photo Courtesy EPA

Pakistani student Miss Malala Yousafzai will be awarded the 2012 Tipperary International Peace Award on Tuesday August 20th 2013.

Miss Yousafzai will visit Ireland in person, accompanied by her father Ziauddinto, to receive the specially commissioned Crystal Dove of Peace at a ceremony to be held at Ballykisteen Hotel and Golf Resort, Limerick Junction, Ballykisteen, Co. Tipperary.

The award being made to Miss Yousafzai recognises her courage, determination and perseverance, together with the impact that she has had on so many people around the world.

The right to education is denied to 61 million children of primary school age worldwide and the hopes of these children are represented by the bravery and strong voice displayed by Miss Yousafzai.

To refresh all our memories; Malala was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen while returning home on a school bus. She miraculously survived this attempt on her life and was subsequently airlifted to a hospital in England for treatment. Following her attempted assassination her campaign to secure access to education for every child has grown into a worldwide movement and has received the backing of many world leaders including UN Special Envoy for Global Education, former British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.
Miss Yousafzai becomes the second Pakistani native to receive the Tipperary Peace Award, following on from former Prime Minister the late Benazir Bhutto, latter receiving the award posthumously, following her assassination in December 2007.

Members of the public wishing to attend the Award Ceremony may do so by reserving their seats for the event. Tipperary Chamber of Commerce are facilitating the reservation system for this event, so those interested in attending may register by calling the Chamber Office on Telephone 062-31244 (between the hours of 10am and 3pm daily) or by e-mail to tirdoffice@eircom.net

Registrations will close on Monday 19th. Please do note that places are limited, so make your reservation as soon as possible. Those attending on the evening should note they will need to be seated by 8.30pm.

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