By Christina Ameln, CSR | Sustainability Advisor –
Have you ever heard of the adage “don’t judge a book by its cover”? I was reminded of it recently when I heard Olivia Hearn speak about her work with vulnerable children. I first met Olivia in a glamourous setting, in which we were both dressed to the nines for a Christmas ball. Hearn is a tall and elegant Brit – the type of woman who makes me wish I was taller! But Olivia’s charm and easy manner made it impossible to feel jealous. She moved to Vietnam from London over a year ago to work at the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation, where she now leads marketing, communications and business development. While our initial meeting was light and superficial, I saw a different side of her as she described her work in more depth. Clearly this “book” contains an exciting story of valour and courage. Not all of us have what it takes to spend our time and energy on Vietnam’s most disadvantaged children.