Girl, 8, wins Imagine Award for charity
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.
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.|