CNN Hero of the Year is an award that this news network gives as a recognition for people that do great social work and this year one of the candidates is Ricardo Pun-Chong from Peru.
Pun-Chong is a surgeon called “Doki” and “Doctor Vida” by the children of the Inspira shelter. He began his social work in 2008 when together with a group of friends and family he decided to create Inspira, a home that cares for poor children in the provinces who travel to Lima to receive their medical treatments in different hospitals such as Hospital del Niño, INEN, National Institute of Child Health San Borja, among others.
“Ricardo’s solidary heart was formed from a very young age. He was also a fireman, acolyte and participated in the first ICPNA telethon”, said El Comercio.
The winner of this award will be announced on December 9 and you can vote for Pun-Chong up to ten times per day. This person will receive a prize of $100,000 US dollars that Pun-Chong could invest, according to information from El Comercio, in the construction of a large shelter on the land that was donated by the Municipality of Surco.
Now that you're here:
We're asking you, our reader, to make a contribution in support of our digital guide in order to keep informing, updating and inspiring people to visit Peru. Why now? In our near 20-year journey as the leading English-language source on travel in Peru, we've had our fair share of ups and downs-but nothing quite like the challenges brought forth in the first quarter of 2020.
By adapting to the changing face of the tourism and travel industry (on both local and international levels), we have no doubt we will come out stronger-especially with the support of our community. Because you will travel again, and we will be ready to show you the best of Peru.
Your financial support means we can keep sharing the best of Peru through high-quality stories, videos and insights provided by our dedicated team of contributors and editors based in Peru. And of course, We are here to answer your questions and help whenever you need us.
As well, it makes possible our commitment to support local and small businesses that make your visit an unforgettable one. Your support will help the people working in these industries get back on their feet once the world allows us to make our dream of enjoying everything Peru has to offer a reality again-from its mouthwatering gastronomy, thriving Amazon and archaeological wonders such as Machu Picchu.
Together, we will find a way through this. As a member of our community, your contribution, however big or small, is valuable.