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It’s not often an actor is honoured by the United Nations.
Then again, it’s not often an actor does what Deborra-lee Furness has to help change the future for vulnerable children.
Since adopting two children, now 11 and 16, with her husband Hugh Jackman, Furness was compelled by a desire to help other boys and girls have the chance to be raised by a loving, nurturing family.
Having founded local adoption advocacy group Adopt Change, the Australian actor and producer more recently launched Hopeland – a global organisation that endeavours to raise awareness and encourage solutions to improve the plight of abandoned children.
It is for this that the 61-year-old was on Saturday presented with the United Nations Women For Peace Association Award in New York.