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An honour for Roberta

Roberta Cooney, long-time Concern Worldwide staff member, has been honoured for her outstanding contribution to international development. She was one of 10 people who received an award from the Northern Ireland Assembly at an event on 21 March.

Roberta first volunteered as a nurse in north Sudan, before becoming Concern’s medical co-ordinator. She went on to work in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Somalia, Ethiopia, south Sudan, Angola, Rwanda and Haiti. 

Essential work

As a camp manager, she was responsible for distributing essential supplies to thousands of refugees. She also helped set up feeding centres, and worked on our much-needed sanitation, health and education programmes. In doing this work, Roberta was helping to rebuild the lives of people who have lost everything. 

Transforming lives

Presenting the award, Conall McDevitt, Member of the Legislative Assembly, said:

These awards acknowledge exceptional individuals who have transformed the lives of people many thousands of miles away. Roberta’s years of work with Concern had a profound impact and that is something that collectively should be celebrated, and is an inspiration to all of us.

Part of the family

Due to illness, Roberta has been unable to return to fieldwork since she was in Angola, but still plays an important role within the Concern family. She has established a support group in Carrick which has been instrumental in raising awareness and funds for the charity. 

So, from everyone in Concern – well done Roberta!