After witnessing first-hand how disadvantaged some of the world's disabled people are, Robbie Francis started The Lucy Foundation (named after her own prosthetic leg).
It's her way to help improve the lives of people living with disabilities through coffee farming in Mexico.
The Dunedin local has now been selected as one of three finalists for the Entrepreneur Award, which Westpac is proud to sponsor, at the 2017 Attitude Awards on November 9.
Robbie works with coffee farmers and their families, through an organic, sustainable and disability inclusive business model.
On top of this, Robbie is studying a PhD at Otago University on the displacement of disabled people in conflict.
The inspirational Attitude Awards ceremony includes seven different categories showcasing and celebrating artists, sportsmen and women, people with intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, and mental health issues - young and old.
Now in its 10th year, the aim of the Awards is to shine a spotlight on the disability sector, and draw attention to the one in four New Zealanders who live with disability.
The Attitude Entrepreneur Award specifically celebrates a person with a disability who has developed his or her own business or social enterprise.
This may be a cottage industry or a larger company.
The Awards also pay tribute to the employers who work alongside people with disabilities to ensure they are able to contribute their skills to society and live full and satisfying lives.
The other two finalists in the Entrepreneur Award category this year are Pic Picot and Victoria Lessing.
The winners will be announced at a black-tie gala dinner at the Auckland ANZ Viaduct Events Centre on November 9th in front of over 600 guests, including celebrities and dignitaries.
Go to 2017 Attitude Awards to buy tickets and find out more information.
Have your say with the Air New Zealand’s People’s Choice Award
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