For­good awards to host fi­nal­ists

Four com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions to com­pete for ex­tra prizes

Go! & Express - - News - MADELEINE CHA­PUT

WITH only a week to go to the For­good In­spi­ra­tion Awards break­fast, the four fi­nal­ists, who will be pre­sent­ing their in­spir­ing sto­ries at the event, were an­nounced re­cently.

Among the four fi­nal­ists are East Lon­don’s Salem Baby Care Cen­tre, which pro­vides needy moth­ers and chil­dren with ba­sic food and hy­giene needs, and the Ris­ing Sun Day­care Cen­tre, a creche started by Nozie Mswi in 2013, which of­fers a safe haven for 30 lit­tle faces in the Duncan Vil­lage area.

Other fi­nal­ists in­clude The Carel Du Toit Cen­tre for the deaf and Emthon­jeni Wokuphila Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment for the el­derly, both prom­i­nent car­ers of vul­ner­a­ble in­di­vid­u­als within the East Lon­don com­mu­nity.

All four fi­nal­ists will re­ceive a prize of R40 000 to sup­port the good work they do within the com­mu­nity. Each fi­nal­ist will also have a chance to share their story with guests and part­ners at the awards break­fast and to be voted as the over­all win­ner, and win ad­di­tional prize money.

“The For­good In­spi­ra­tion Awards is an event on the East Lon­don cal­en­dar de­signed to cel­e­brate the won­der­fully in­spir­ing work in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions are do­ing in our com­mu­ni­ties,” In­spi­ra­tion Awards ad­min­is­tra­tor Brad Tay­lor said.

The awards theme for the year has been “bet­ter to­gether”, en­cour­ag­ing part­ner­ships and col­lab­o­ra­tions be­tween NGOs (non-govern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions), other or­gan­i­sa­tions and busi­nesses.

“The event aims to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for NGOs, govern­ment, faith-based or­gan­i­sa­tions and com­pa­nies to part­ner and syn­er­gise their ef­forts to­wards pro­mot­ing good and mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in our so­ci­ety,” Tay­lor said.

“We are hum­bled by the in­spi­ra­tional roles peo­ple are play­ing in our so­ci­ety and con­grat­u­la­tions go to the four fi­nal­ists for the in­spir­ing work they are do­ing within our com­mu­nity.

“Our vi­sion is to see our re­gion be­come known through­out the coun­try as a mu­nic­i­pal­ity that ac­tively part­ners to­gether to pro­mote un­told good done through­out our com­mu­ni­ties.”

The For­good In­spi­ra­tion Awards break­fast will be held at the Mercedes-Benz visi­tors cen­tre on June 1. Tick­ets for the event can be pur­chased for R100 at Vo­da­com4U, Pearce Street, Berea.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.in­spi­ra­tionawards.co.za or con­tact Brad Tay­lor at brad.tay­lor.c@gmail.com

Pic­ture: MADELEINE CHA­PUT

CHANG­ING LIVES: The Ris­ing Sun Day­care Cen­tre, started by Nozie Mswi in 2013, is one of four fi­nal­ists in the For­good In­spi­ra­tion Awards to be held next week Thurs­day

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