Change the world: two Hilton residents give time and skills to uplift communities

2011-04-12 00:00

TWO Hilton residents have been selected to join the Vodacom Change the World Programme.

Instead of simply donating funding to various charities, Vodacom’s programme chooses 10 applicants and places them with 10 charitable organisations, with the aim of allowing South Africans to make a sustainable contribution to communities across the country.

The selected applicants will work for six months from this month and get paid for their time.

Julie Hay, an early childhood development specialist, will be assisting the 1000 Hills Community Helpers by taking on the role of pre-primary educator and supervisor

Retired doctor Keith Wimble will be providing healthcare to the community of Khayelitsha in the Western Cape through Ikamva Labantu.

Hay is also launching a non-profit organisation that will train Zulu-speaking women to become early childhood educators.

Hay said in a statement, “Ever since I became a mother, my children have been my inspiration.

“By seeing the world through their eyes, I started realising the realities of the world. This is when I first noticed the need for change. I then decided that by helping others I had the opportunity to have an impact on the world.”

Wimble has served on the board of many non-governmental organisations in Pietermaritzburg in roles such as chairperson of the Community Chest, executive director of the Valley Trust, a primary healthcare non-profit organisation in the Valley, and cirector of the Children in Distress Network (Cindi).

He said in a statement, “All of us have a contribution to make. It doesn’t matter how rich or how poor or how young or how old you are, you can touch lives. There are always people who need support.”

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