Wed 16 Nov 2016, 07:51
Kenyan nominated for CNN’s international top 10 Heroes of 2016
Kenya’s Umra Omar, the founder of Safari Doctors, is among nine people from across the globe nominated for the 2016 CNN Hero of the Year.
Omar founded the Safari Doctors which delivers free healthcare to thousands of people living in remote areas, and at times dangerous, of Lamu County among others. She and her group, Safari Doctors, travel by boat, road and air to bring medical care to people living along the insecure region.
Omar who was living in the US moved back to Kenya in 2010 because of the urge she refers to as "a kind of a sense of responsibility".
Raised in Kenya, she had earned degrees from two prestigious American schools, completed graduate school and was working full-time in Washington, DC But Omar says cubicle life wasn't for her; she was longing to return to her native country.
CNN Heroes will mark its 10-year anniversary this year and ABC’s Kelly Ripa will join Anderson Cooper for the first time as co-host. The Peabody Award-winning and Emmy-nominated program celebrates individuals who make extraordinary contributions that help improve the lives of others. The 10th Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute will air live this year on Sunday 11 December at 20:00 ET from the iconic American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
Voters are now able to select the CNN Hero of the Year by voting for the CNN Hero who inspires them the most. Supporters can vote every day at CNNHeroes.com by logging in via email or Facebook, as well as on Facebook Messenger by messaging VOTE to the CNN Heroes Facebook page, and on Twitter by tweeting #HeroesVote along with the name of their hero. Viewers can vote up to 10x a day, per method, every day through Tuesday 6 December at midnight PT.
Each Top 10 CNN Hero will be awarded $10 000 and the CNN Hero of the Year will receive an additional $100 000.
“After 10 years, and nearly 300 Heroes, we are so grateful to continue honoring those making such an impact in their communities, and to help them continue their work,” said Kelly Flynn, creator and senior executive producer of CNN Heroes. “This year, we are thrilled to broadcast live around the world, and welcome the addition of Kelly Ripa – a three-time CNN Heroes presenter – as co-host. Her passion and expertise, coupled with the on-stage chemistry she and Anderson share will surely help create an unforgettable evening.”
Please vote for Umra here: http://edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/cnn.heroes/vote/