Newcastle fire heroine honoured

2011-04-25 00:00

A WOMAN who last year sacrificed her own life to save many children from burning to death at a homeless shelter for children in Newcastle, will posthumously receive the Order of Mendi (silver) in Pretoria on Wednesday.

Sarah Holland will receive the order to honour her brave and sefless actions when she saved the lives of several children by pushing them through a window while the home for street kids burned down. Holland and eight other children died from smoke inhalation and their bodies were badly burned.

Dr. Cassius Lubisi, chancellor of the national orders and director-general of the presidency, announced that Holland and three dozen other people and worthy organisations will be honoured with various national orders for the contributions they made to South Africa and its people.

The Order of the Baobab (gold) is bestowed on Professor William Winship of Durban to recognise his contributions to the medical field, especially in the treatment of children.

Irvin Khoza and Danny Jordaan will receive the Order of Ikhamanga (gold) for their contribution to the success of the Fifa Soccer World Cup 2010.

 

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