Dr Mary Knowling honoured
Grahamstown - Well-known and adored local philanthropist Dr
Mary Knowling, 77, was crowned Citizen of the Year at a glittering
ceremony attended by 250 people at the Grahamstown Foundation on
"I feel honoured and humbled but I must admit that I have the
greatest respect for the other finalists who also deserved to have
received the award," Knowling said.
"I feel I have not done enough and there is still a long way to go."
"We must set an example and by working together, get to know each
She said this was the only way that residents were going to make
outsiders more interested in Grahamstown.
"It is all up to us to make Grahamstown happy and a winner - being
positive and being faithful to God also helps along the way."
Knowling has always been passionately involved with the
underprivileged, including the Grahamstown and District Relief
Association (Gadra), Eluxolweni Children Shelter and the SPCA.
She said her concern for the plight of the poor was sparked by her
family who had always been involved in such things.
She urged the community to get more involved in donating to animal
welfare because "as much as there is starvation for humans so too is
there for animals".
She said she understood that children went to prison because of their
circumstances but that she wanted to prevent this.
"More volunteers are needed because Grahamstown has to cover this very big area. The children are our future."
She urged the public to get more involved and volunteer their
She said she would like to donate her R5000 cheque towards the local
soup kitchen because it was painful to see people starving. - ECN