Former Welwyn Garden City woman scoops prestigious award

PUBLISHED: 15:00 03 September 2017

Points of Light award

Points of Light award

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A Welwyn Garden City woman has been bestowed a prestigious award from the Prime Minister recognising the “vital” role her charity plays in protecting coastlines.

Former Monk’s Walk pupil Anne Paranjoti, 53, received a Points of Light award for her role as founder of the Reef-World Foundation – an organisation that teaches people how to preserve tropical coastlines.

In a personal letter to Anne, PM Theresa May said through the foundation she was “changing the fate” of the beauty spots.

“In particular, the foundation’s acclaimed work with the United Nations Green Fins initiative is playing a pivotal role in training thousands of people to protect coral reefs and promote the sustainable diving and snorkelling industry.”

Anne, who now lives in Wales, said: “I’m delighted to accept this award on behalf of all the staff and the wonderful volunteers that get involved and make a difference.”

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