First Lady Esther Lungu has arrived in Minneapolis, United States of America to receive the 2017 Humanitarian Honoree award from the Starkey Hearing Foundation.
Mrs Lungu who arrived at Minneapolis’ St. Pauls International airport around midnight (local time) is accompanied by her Senior Private
Secretary Florence Chawelwa and was welcomed by Zambia’s Charge`D’Affaires in Washington D.C, Joseph Chilaizya and officials from the
Starkey Hearing Foundation.
ZANIS reports that the Starkey Hearing Foundation nominated the First Lady to receive an award at the 17th Annual “So the World May Hear” award gala because of her commitment and contribution to uplifting the welfare of underprivileged people in Zambia.
Mrs Lungu signed a memorandum of understanding with Starkey Hearing Foundation to work together in serving people with hearing impairments
At the 17th annual awards gala, the First Lady will be awarded as the 2017 Humanitarian Honoree joining other prominent personalities such as actor, writer and founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative Ben Affleck, The Wilf Family Foundations, FedEx , Scott Borchetta and Sandi Spike Borchetta of Big Machine Records.
The First Lady will join other notables like former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and other celebrities to receive the award since its introduction in 2000.
While in Minneapolis , the First Lady is scheduled to feature at the Starkey Annual Founders Club for a panel discussion under the theme “passion plus purpose equals impact,” which will be moderated by Barbara Bush, daughter of former U.S. President George Bush.
On Sunday, the First Lady will attend a gala night dinner and be awarded as
Humanitarian Honoree where she will deliver her acceptance speech.
Former U.S. President Bill and First Lady Hillary Clinton are also expected to attend the event.
Zambia is among the 52 countries that are benefiting from the good works of the Starkey Hearing Foundation.