Girl, 8, wins Imag­ine Award for char­ity

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KWAKHO Mam­putha, 8, from Khayelit­sha, was the youngest re­cip­i­ent of an Imag­ine Award, which recog­nises the good work of in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions who are try­ing to make the world

a bet­ter pace.

The in­au­gu­ral Imag­ine Awards, which took place at the Artscape Theatre on Fri­day, cel­e­brated peo­ple who have made a dif­fer­ence in fields such as ed­u­ca­tion, poverty alle­vi­a­tion, dis­abil­ity, hu­man rights, health, en­vi­ron­ment, sports devel­op­ment and me­dia.

Kwakho won in the cat­e­gory for chil­dren. She is a Grade 3 pupil at Elux­ol­weni Pri­mary School in Khayelit­sha and a part-time model. She be­gan do­ing char­ity work through her mod­el­ling ca­reer. She reg­u­larly hosts feed­ing projects, said her mother Brenda Mam­putha, who nom­i­nated Kwakho.

“She is beyond ex­cited. She told her grandma that she can see her­self go­ing far in the fu­ture,” said Mam­putha.

The young­ster is col­lect­ing un­der­wear for chil­dren her age and wants to do a cup­cake drive for chil­dren liv­ing with al­binism.

The Imag­ine Awards are an ini­tia­tive of Survé Phi­lan­thropies, the foun­da­tion which houses the Survé fam­ily’s char­ity ini­tia­tives. Dr Iqbal Survé, founder and chair­man of the Sekun­jalo Group, said they had been in­un­dated with re­quests for help from non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions bat­tling to stay afloat.

“Many in­ter­na­tional donors have pulled out and the re­ces­sion led cor­po­rates to stop fund­ing of NGOs. It’s been a re­ally tough time for these or­gan­i­sa­tions,” he said at the awards cer­e­mony.

The win­ners are to re­ceive an hon­o­rar­ium from Survé Phi­lan­thropies and would be “ac­cel­er­ated into its fund­ing pro­gramme next year”.

Sev­eral groups per­formed at the cer­e­mony, in­clud­ing the Sekun­jalo Edu­jazz Band, the Kro­nen­dal Mu­sic Academy and bass gui­tarist Sammy Web­ber.

BREN­DAN MA­GAAR African News Agency (ANA)

DR Iqbal Survé (in a blue suit in the back row on the left) with all the win­ners of the first Imag­ine Awards at the Artscape Theatre on Fri­day night.|

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