National Wholesaler seeks and rewards Young Community Shapers - Young, willing and eager!

By admin
06 May 2015

A leading rural wholesale group is searching for South Africa’s finest young community leader. The hunt is on for talented individuals who assist and develop their communities, making a real difference in poverty and hunger-stricken rural areas. They are seeking individuals that are not only uplifting various projects but are also uplifting entire communities and ultimately changing lives for the better.

Independent Cash and Carriers Buying Group (ICC) facilitate an annual competition, the ICC Young Community Shapers Award, for students between the ages of 16 and 25. The competition has been running for 11 years.  To qualify, entrants must have started a community project which has been operating successfully for at least a year. Those who have excelled in fulfilling community needs are selected as finalists.

Last year’s finalists were involved in various projects. One contestant makes it more personal found a gap in the market that needed to be filled by helping school leavers make better decisions about their career paths and to get them on the right track to becoming successful.  She found that the youth in her area were not being exposed properly to tertiary education institutions. She decided to organise motivational talks, help educate and transport the youth to various open days at educational institutions for the scholars to get a better understanding of what is available to them. She too initiated extra lessons in Hammanskraal to help tutor scholars and even installed a few computers for them to access.  Over a few years her project has helped over 20 learners to get bursaries and move on to study at higher educational institutions.  Another Young Community Shaper started an environmental club which focuses on teaching scholars how to plant, care and harvest vegetables after school.

Gert Scheepers, CEO of ICC Buying Group says, “It takes great heart and effort to change a tarnished environment for the better- especially if you’re young and financially disadvantaged. This is why we reward youngsters who build sustainable, ground-breaking initiatives. ’The competition is also a fantastic way to motivate other youths who will in future influence the nation’’.

ICC selects nine finalists from all provinces and brings them to Johannesburg to attend the Annual Awards Ceremony in August.  The evening is glamorous and truly pays tribute to the difference each finalist is making to the Country. All nine finalists receive cash prizes, with second place getting a larger amount, and the winner claiming the largest amount.

ICC Young Community Shapers is a proud partnership with Shift on SABC1. “Shift has partnered with The Young Community Shapers as we believe that these stories reflect Ubuntu, carry the legacy of Tata Madiba and are done with great creativity and industriousness with the bare minimums. These are young community leaders who persevere against all odds to assist their community and add value to their lives” says Surekha Singh, Commissioning Editor.

The Young Community Shapers competition not only acknowledges the accomplishments of the contestants and rewards their outstanding efforts, but also provides a platform to help motivate, mentor and aspire others.

The ICC Young Community Shaper Award is made possible through the donations from the ICC Buying Group and the member companies, namely Woermann Brock, Bibi Cash & Carry, Numain Distributors, Big Save, Savemore, Pricechain, Overland Cash & Carry and Raimondi’s Trading Company.  Major other sponsors that were involved are: SABC Education, Unilever, Rainbow, Premier Foods, Nestle, Tiger Brands, Entyce Beverages, Snackworks and Colgate.

Shift every Monday & Tues from 11h00 on SABC 1 will share more details on how to enter and to stand a chance of winning a share of the R 180 000 prize money.

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