Shandra Woworuntu Named 2017 National Honouree and Gretchen Holt Witt Honoured as the 2017 Karen T. Fondu Impact Award Winner at the L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth Event
L’Oréal Paris, a beauty care brand, honoured 10 inspiring women who selflessly commit their lives to serving their communities and fostering positive change at the 12th annual Women of Worth celebration. Inspired by the L’Oréal Paris belief that “We’re all worth it,” the annual Women of Worth celebration honours the intrinsic beauty of everyday women making an extraordinary difference. This year’s Honourees represent a wide range of causes, from supporting survivors of human sex trafficking to raising awareness about mass incarceration.
Each Honouree received a $10,000/£7,478 grant for her organisation and Shandra Woworuntu, founder of Mentari which provides assistance to victims of human trafficking through DREAM, which stands for Direct services, Resources, Education, Advocacy and Mentorship, was named as the 2017 National Honouree and was awarded a total of $35,000/£26,172 to support her cause. 2011 Women of Worth Honouree Gretchen Holt Witt, founder of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, received the Karen T. Fondu Impact Award to recognise her continued work in supporting research for new and improved therapies for pediatric cancer. This notable award is in recognition of Gretchen’s impactful leadership, under which Cookies For Kids’ Cancer has funded $12.5 million in research grants, leading to 36 new treatments in clinical trial that are available to children fighting cancer today.
“It is an honour to celebrate the Women of Worth Honourees, who beautifully embody our brand ethos of self-worth. Through their passion, resilience and selflessness, they are making a positive impact on their communities and the world,” said Tim Coolican, President, L’Oréal Paris.
“Through the recognition and platform Women of Worth provides, our commitment is to amplify their stories and causes, so that their work will continue to thrive and to profoundly change the course of so many lives,” said Karen T. Fondu, President Emeritus and Chairwoman of L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth.