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Global Inspiration Awards 2011 winners

Five ACA student who have demonstrated exceptional qualities in the face of adversity, have been recognised at the 2011 Global Inspiration Awards. 

The awards – judged by the Chartered Accountants’ Benevolent Association (CABA) and the ICAEW Foundation - aim to identify students who have faced problems such as serious illness, injury, disability, bereavement, learning difficulties or extreme financial hardship whilst training. 

This year’s ACA students recognised for their inspirational achievements include:

  • Peter Franklin, from a small practice in Plymouth who has determinedly continued his studies in the face of intensive treatment for a rare form of bone cancer;
  • Brendan McGing, from KPMG in Manchester, who has seen his eyesight deteriorate due to Lebers Optic Atrophy but has refused to let his condition impact his studies;
  • Ai Kim Wong, from Malaysia who has fought chronic joint pain and is now making a full recovery after an operation to remove a tumour;
  • Laura Nyogeri, from PwC in Bristol, who is making a success of her career in spite of being blind in one eye, dyslexic and suffering from Crohn’s disease and
  • Rachel Wraith, who despite having severe difficulties arising from Crohn’s disease managed to pass all her professional stage exams first time round.

Kath Haines (CABA) with winners Brendan McGing and Peter Franklin

Picture: Kath Haines (CABA) with winners Brendan McGing and Peter Franklin

“I hope that my achievements will inspire other students not to give up on their dreams or ambition, and to triumph over any adversity they face”
Laura Nyogeri, PWC in Bristol

The five winners were announced on 30 June at the ICAEW Charity Awards. The two winners that were able to attend on the night, Peter Franklin and Brendan McGing were presented with a trophy, certificate and prize money of £5,000 each. All of the other winners will receive their awards at local ceremonies.

Robin Feith says: ‘Qualifying as an ACA is a tremendous achievement for anyone, regardless of their circumstances. These awards recognise truly inspirational extraordinary students who have overcome exceptional hardship or difficulties to achieve that goal and whose dedication is an inspiration to students around the world’