A Mayo woman has been nominated for Humanitarian of the Year at the Irish Red Cross Humanitarian Awards.

Gena Heraty moved to Haiti almost three decades ago and is known all over Haiti for challenging prejudice against people with physical and intellectual disabilities.

The Westport woman coordinates the special needs programme Nos Petits Freres et Soeurs (NPFS) and also co-founded the Kay Christine home, both of which take care of orphaned and abandoned children.

Her team developed an outreach programme providing education for over 100 school children with neurological disorders, while they treat approximately 80 patients a day with physical therapy.

During her work Gena faced a vicious attack by armed men, where one of her colleagues was killed.

The Humanitarian of the year will be announced at the Irish Red Cross Humanitarian Awards Ball which takes place tomorrow (Saturday) in the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin.

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