New group of helping hands announced
THE second group of volunteers who are giving up their lives to change those of others have been announced.
The Vodacom Change the World volunteers will start working at various Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) across the country.
Vodacom has partnered with Avusa Media in this initiative.
One of the volunteers, Mpolokeng Kambule, told guests at the event held at Vodacom World in Midrand, Johannesburg, that she was humbled to have been chosen to become a volunteer.
Kambule will be working at New Beginningz, an organisation that cares for abused, abandoned and neglected babies and toddlers.
Vodacom SA managing director Sipho Maseko said: "The culture of volunteerism is important in this country and for an individual. It has enabled us to be part of something bigger than us.
"Volunteerism seeks no glory and I hope we will continue with this for years to come."
Ray Hartley, editor of the Sunday Times , thanked the volunteers and said the paper would continue highlighting the initiative.
"Our readers are hungry for these stories of hope. I hope we will do better this year and do more," he said.
The volunteers were selected by a panel from 600 entries.
The other volunteers are:
- Nicolien Joubert, who will be based at the Algoa Bay Care for the Aged in Eastern Cape, as its first registered nurse, with 14 years of experience in nutrition' and 23 years in the health care sector;
- Sindile Rubushe, who will work at the Association for People with Disabilities in Polokwane, as a project coordinator, aimed at securing long-term funding;
- Nelia van Deventer will take up duties at Family and Marriage Association of South Africa in Upington, Northern Cape;
- Gerhard Greyling will be based at the Free State Residential Care Centre as workshop manager;
- Rachael Tembo will join the Joburg Child Welfare Society, and is expected to do research seeking to improve the organisation's programmes;
- Jackina Mello will be with the Ndlovu Care Group in Mpumalanga to oversee projects aimed at identifying and assisting child-headed homes;
- Tamarin Dutton will head to KwaZulu-Natal to join NOAH (an organisation for people with congenital skin problems) as an early childhood development lecturer;
- Sarah Barnes will be based at The Smile Foundation, to provide therapy to children undergoing surgery and their families, and
- Linda Brash will help Tertiary School in Business Administration in Cape Town with marketing, raising funds, to help underprivileged youths receive a tertiary education for free at the institution.