Work in community honoured

2017-10-11 06:01
Elizabeth Bezent (white T-shirt) was named as Pep’s community builder of the year in the Free State. Here she is being congratulated by Chris Van Rooyen, Pep’s regional manager, with children and representatives of the sponsors during the presentation. Photo: Supplied

Elizabeth Bezent (white T-shirt) was named as Pep’s community builder of the year in the Free State. Here she is being congratulated by Chris Van Rooyen, Pep’s regional manager, with children and representatives of the sponsors during the presentation. Photo: Supplied

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The good work and service of Elizabeth Bezent in the community of Boshof has not gone unnoticed.

She received the honour of being named Pep’s community builder of the year in the Free State for this year.

This honours her good work as an agent of change in Bos­hof, one of the farming towns in the Free State.

The Free State Community Builder of the Year competition is held annually and focuses on empowering needy communities in the province.

The accolade was presented to Bezent by the sponsors, Vodacom and Pep, at a function held on Monday, 2 October.

In addition, she received non-perishable foods, cutlery, blankets, stationary and toys for children being cared for at the Bezent Day-Care Centre. The combined value of these items is R30 000.

Bezent’s day-care centre looks after 70 children from Boshof and offers pre-primary education for children from underprivileged backgrounds.

It also provides support to children who struggle with homework after school.

Through running awareness campaigns and educating the community about drugs, the centre is also involved in combating drug abuse.

Speaking at the handover, Chris Van Rooyen, Pep’s regional manager, said: “This competition helps us to give back to the community and assists in changing lives positively. It is heart-warming to see the difference that you can make by contributing to small projects and non-profit organisations. We are grateful to be able to take hands with an organisation like Vodacom to ensure success of such initiatives.”

Marelize Beukes, Vodacom’s market manager of the central region, added: “Vodacom is proud to partner with Pep on a project like this where we can help children from disadvantaged communities and help make a difference in their lives.”

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