FilAm Robin Lim is ‘2011 CNN Hero of the Year,’
Every good deed has its measure. On Sunday, CNN readers awarded FilAm Robin Lim as ‘2011 Hero of the Year.’
Lim, "Mother Robin" or "Ibu Robin" as she is called by the locals, is the founder of Evry Mother counts and has delivered more than 4,000 babies for free in Indonesia.
Apart from the recognition was a $250,000 grand prize for her work with Yayasan Bumi Sehat (Healthy Mother Earth Foundation). The foundation gives free prenatal care, birthing services and medical aid in Indonesia. There, mothers face a high mortality rate because they often can’t afford proper care, CNN reports.
"Today, on our earth, 981 mothers in the prime of their life will die," Lim said after receiving her award. "All of us can help change that. We can save lives together, mothers and babies. Every mother counts and healthcare is a human right."
"I do believe we can build world peace — one baby, one mother at a time," Lim said during the ceremony. "I found my life’s purpose really is love. If I wasn’t living for love, every minute of every day, what is the point?"