Young man preserves heritage

2015-10-14 06:00
LENNY MCKAY received a Golden Shield Heritage Award from the National Heritage Council. He was presented with the award by the actor Florence Masebe during the awards ceremony on 18 September in Midrand.
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LENNY MCKAY received a Golden Shield Heritage Award from the National Heritage Council. He was presented with the award by the actor Florence Masebe during the awards ceremony on 18 September in Midrand. Photo: Supplied

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IT is purely through his love of empowering the youth in his province that Lenny McKay (33) was awarded the Golden Shield Heritage Award by the National Heritage Council on 18 September.

Recalling what a surprise it was for him to get the call that he had been nominated for the award, MacKay, who is currently based in Kuruman, highlighted how he had been involved in voluntary heritage projects with the youth since 2005.

He proudly said that he had been born an ambassador, but only started taking it seriously in 2015.

According to him, he has worked with various departments in different workshops, where he would involve the youth after having identified certain topics that needed attention.

“This award has motivated me to encourage other youth to participate in voluntary heritage projects as well. I am already in the process of applying for funding from other stakeholders to boost our arts and culture development,” added the confident McKay.

He said that his next project was the establishment of his Nama Stap Dancing Group for primary school learners in Kakamas.

“Amongst my previous projects that were successful, was the mosaic workshop that I had worked on in collaboration with the Department of Social Development. We even built a torch of hope in front of the Kakamas Hospital.”

He added that he had also successfully completed the transformation of the Tourism Information Centre, where he worked with the Northern Cape Tourism Department.

“There we re-used historical buildings and transformed it. We also used it to host poetry sessions and drama for the learners of Kakamas.”

Now McKay is busy with his Teach and Preach Project in Kuruman that he is working on with the Department of Nature Conservation.

“Through this project I feel I am expanding my services to Kuruman and other towns around the province.

“We will be identifying different topics to have different programmes, after identifying the different needs within different communities.”

In response to how he feels about the award, which was accompanied by a cash amount, McKay excitedly said: “I feel really blessed to be recognised for my hard work. I wish to identify more needs regarding heritage recognition. This is a motivation for me to inspire more people by getting the youth involved to use their talent.

“We are all ambassadors in some way and we have to live that talent in order to develop our communities.”

McKay plans on using the money he had won for travelling expenses to run his projects

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