Moira Kelly is a feisty, no-nonsense, down to earth, big-hearted and very compassionate Australian woman and Mum from Melbourne.
Inspired by a video of Mother Theresa, at the tender age of 7, Moira Kelly bounded in from school and announced to her stunned mother, that one day, she too would work with the renowned Nun from Calcutta.
And so began, the inspirational vocation and life of an ‘ordinary girl from Melbourne’, who became an extraordinary Humanitarian, Australian and Citizen of the World!
Moira has devoted her whole life to charity work and those special causes close to her heart that just ‘make the world a better place‘. Moira spent many years living abroad caring for sick and needy children and their families in countries like India, South Africa, America, Romania, Bosnia and Albania.
A deeply spiritual person, Moira is guided by her heart and conscience towards the many causes she pursues. Through a magical combination of her vision, natural charm, powers of persuasion, determination and sheer grit, Moira has saved and improved the lives of countless children and communities around the world.
Many are inspired by Moira Kelly’s personal sacrifice, passionate commitment and her life-long dedication to doing whatever it takes to save and heal children and communities in need. Wherever she goes, Moira makes a real difference to real people in surreal ways!
A typical keynote presentation, even with heart warming images and videos is hardly enough time to scratch the surface on Moira’s incredible life story. However, with her wonderful charm, sense of humour and natural ‘gift of the gab’ and ‘story telling’ ability (inherited from her Irish Dad, no doubt), it is guaranteed to move each delegate to the core of their being.
People will be glued to their seats, at times in fits of laughter, other times in tears, however always inspired by the unbelievable ‘feats’ and ‘miracles’ that can be achieved by the power of a human spirit on fire and the determination of a Mother Lion that refuses to take ‘NO’ for an answer.
For some, just like the many children and families. Moira has helped, it may even be a life-changing experience! Moira’s message has universal appeal and she has brought audiences to their feet and received rave reviews on every occasion.
Moira is a natural born speaker and a seasoned pro who has been ‘telling her story’ or speaking publicly to every kind of audience, large and small for over twenty years.
In a world crying out for meaning and inspiration, Moira’s raw passion, authentic style and soul stirring mission is riveting.
At only 18, Moira did indeed work with Mother Theresa in Calcutta and this was the start of an exciting 14 year humanitarian venture abroad. Moira worked in the soup kitchens of Johannesburg, with crack addicted babies in the Bronz, in Romanian orphanages, Refugee Camps in Bosnia and with sick children and the people of Albania.
Medical Evacuations for Children
It was in response to meeting a horrifically injured boy and his desperate mother in Bosnia during the war, that Moira began her self funded medical evacuation of children for life saving and life altering operations. By 2001, Moira had already helped 120 children, from her laptop and her amazing tenacity and ability to solicit the support and resources of friends, family, surgeons, hospitals and volunteers. In 2001, Moira returned to home to establish the ‘Children’s First Foundation’ at Killmore on land she had been given to help children. Inspired by Moira’s selfless contribution the Rotary Club, friends and family joined forces to build the house, where to date more than 350 children have been treated for a variety of critical conditions including open heart surgery, bowel reconstruction, plastic surgery, amputations and new prosthetic limbs. In all cases the lives of these children and their families has been transformed.
A Mother Herself
Becoming a mother herself has been one of the most surprising and rewarding aspects of Moira’s journey. Under Moira’s loving care and encouragement, both Ahmed and Emmanuel from Iraq have overcome incredible disability and multiple surgeries to become wonderful, accomplished young Australian men in their own right. Ahmed, is now a world record holder for the 200 meter, a Paralympian swimmer and is studying Media and Communications at College. Emmanuel, who wowed the world with his unforgettable rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine” on X-Factor 2011, is establishing a successful international singing/songwriting career.
Of course, beautiful Trishna and Krishna, born con-joined at the head in Bangladesh in 2006 are now famous the world over for not only surviving but thriving after the groundbreaking 38 hour surgery that saved their lives and gave them a bright and independent future.
Life-Time Charity Worker
In recognition of her great work and achievements, Moira has received many awards.
More important to Moira than any of these formal awards is the heart-warming, soul stirring confirmation that by following her own inner guidance, ‘mountains can be moved’ and ‘dreams do come true'. Of course, this divine inspiration and the joyous results are accompanied with a fair degree of perspiration, mental angst and emotional heartache.
While many people focus on their own goals, families, work and everyday challenges, Moira also keeps a keen eye on her ‘hopes and dreams’ for others in the many projects and ways where she is striving to improve the quality of life for sick children, their families and other less fortunate or suffering people of the world.
Branching Out – Global Gardens of Peace
Moira’s latest humanitarian effort is well under way and this ambitious initiative will create a place of peace, tranquility, beauty and most importantly healing and hope to the embattled people living in some of the most war torn cities of World. Because of Moira’s vision and determination, the “Global Gardens of Peace” has already secured 20 hectares of land in the Gaza strip, one of the most densely populated places on the planet. Top architects from the Victorian Botanical Garden have spent the past year designing the plans for the beautiful new Garden that will be a gift from the people of Australia to the people of Gaza, via Moira, of course and her always growing loyal band of volunteers and supporters.