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Algoa Bay Rotary Club recognizes local heroes

By Jesica Slabbert - Jun 12, 2019
Algoa Bay Rotary Club recognizes local heroes

Port Elizabeth – To celebrate the good deeds and heroic acts of Port Elizabeth men and women, the Rotary Club of Algoa Bay recently hosted a surprise Vocational Awards for four good Samaritans, who go the extra mile to help those in need in Nelson Mandela Bay.

The award ceremony took place on Tuesday at the Raymond Mhlaba Conference Centre, at the EP Children’s Home in Port Elizabeth.

They received these awards as they provide service above and beyond the requirements of their ‘day jobs’, which keeps the Rotary Club’s Four-Way Test which embodies the concept ‘Service above self’.

The four Vocational Awards were awarded to Ansie van der Westhuizen, Mogan Segadavan, Bernadette Naude and Mbulelo Njamela. The Vocational awards were presented by Michelle Brown from Brown’s PR and the President of the Rotary Club of Algoa Bay, Nick Wilmot.

“None of them knew that they were going to be receiving and award today, it was a total surprise. Every one of them deserves this award to show appreciation for their work and achievements,” said Michelle Brown.

Local Samaritans receive Vocational Awards from Rotary Club of Algoa Bay

Ansie facilitates training courses for various organisations and tried to make life easier for those less fortunate or struggling because of a recent disaster with her Facebook Page For the Love of Giving. She details requests and wish lists for basic items from those whose voices cannot be heard.

Mogan has been involved in sport for most of his life, not only has he been a keen player in soccer he has also been a well-known sports journalist. He now focuses his attention on helping out the Gelvan Frail Care and Malabar Old Age Home, trying to make sure that the residents lead a more dignified life as much as he can.

Bernadette Naude is a member of Atlas Security and hosts a number of self-defence workshops across Port Elizabeth to help train women on general safety guidelines as well as some basic self-defence and escape moves when in danger. These workshops are free and available to all women in town.

Mbulelo Mjamela is a local IT and computer teacher that helps educate the local children in disadvantaged areas how to use and understand computers, he has won various awards for his dedication to teaching and going the extra mile for his students.

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