Dr Mary Knowling honoured

2001-05-14 22:27

Grahamstown - Well-known and adored local philanthropist Dr Mary Knowling, 77, was crowned Citizen of the Year at a glittering ceremony attended by 250 people at the Grahamstown Foundation on Friday.

"I feel honoured and humbled but I must admit that I have the greatest respect for the other finalists who also deserved to have received the award," Knowling said.

"I feel I have not done enough and there is still a long way to go."

"We must set an example and by working together, get to know each other better."

She said this was the only way that residents were going to make outsiders more interested in Grahamstown.

"It is all up to us to make Grahamstown happy and a winner - being positive and being faithful to God also helps along the way."

Knowling has always been passionately involved with the underprivileged, including the Grahamstown and District Relief Association (Gadra), Eluxolweni Children Shelter and the SPCA.

She said her concern for the plight of the poor was sparked by her family who had always been involved in such things.

She urged the community to get more involved in donating to animal welfare because "as much as there is starvation for humans so too is there for animals".

She said she understood that children went to prison because of their circumstances but that she wanted to prevent this.

"More volunteers are needed because Grahamstown has to cover this very big area. The children are our future."

She urged the public to get more involved and volunteer their services.

She said she would like to donate her R5000 cheque towards the local soup kitchen because it was painful to see people starving. - ECN