Chest supporters and donors awarded

2017-10-04 06:01
Sarah Pennington receives the Community Chest John Hall Extra Mile Award for her dedication and outstanding support, from Simon Gusu (Community Chest chairperson).PHOTOS: supplied

Sarah Pennington receives the Community Chest John Hall Extra Mile Award for her dedication and outstanding support, from Simon Gusu (Community Chest chairperson).PHOTOS: supplied

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A 90-YEAR-OLD Pietermaritzburg woman has proved you’re never too old to do anything, at the Community Chest annual meeting and donor awards, which was held at Maritzburg Golf Club last Thursday.

Awards certificates and trophies were handed out to corporate and workplace donors, businesses that matched their employees monetary contributions, private donors, trust donors and organisations that administer trusts, supporters and volunteers. Sarah Pennington received the Community Chest John Hall Extra Mile Award for her dedication and outstanding support, with her latest Chest project being the knitting of 5 000 teddy­ bears that will be handed out at Christmas parties for underprivileged children in December.

“My father told me when I was a little girl that I was good at two things — riding horses and writing letters, so I wrote a very convincing letter to a wool warehouse and managed to get them to sponsor R8 000 worth of wool,” she said.

Pennington and staff at the Chest also have the assistance and skills of avid­ knitters from several old-age homes in Pietermaritzburg­.

She added that she loves volunteering at Community Chest so much that it doesn’t feel like she is actually doing any work.

“I love what I do and I love working with the team at Community Chest. They have motivated me to make this project work.

“We haven’t reached the target of 5 000 teddy bears just yet, but we are close and I am sure we will before December,” she said.

The Chest annual meeting was held at the same event, where management reports were shared and new councillors elected.

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