Kildare Person of the Year 2010 – International Award

Paddy O’Conor – Rehab Kildare International Award Winner 2010

Paddy receiving his award

Paddy O’Connor from Athgarvan describes himself as a “Professional Beggar” in his support of the orphaned children of Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya.

Paddy was utterly shocked by his first visit to Kibera, 3 quarters of a million people living in squalor, no fresh water or sanitation whatsoever, eating, cooking, sleeping like crowded ants on a precarious ant hill. “The stench was overwhelming” – it was like being in an abbatoir with the smell of burning offal attacking your nostrils. – “If you think poverty doesn’t smell, think again”

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