Community leader honoured

2015-06-24 06:00

MOTHER of Peace community leader, Gavin Gradwell was honoured as a Paul Harris Fellow at the Amanzimtoti Rotary Club’s 50th anniversary celebration.

Caught by surprise, Gradwell highlighted the club’s association with Mother of Peace since its inception.

During a tribute, Aneska du Pont who first became involved with Mother of Peace said: “Rotary has been involved with Mother of Peace since its inception. Our late past district governor Strong negotiated the purchase of the land on behalf of the Community Chest from lllovo Sugar.

“We have seen Mother of Peace transform from one- bedroom cane-cutter units to three-bedroom family homes for a house mother, care giver and six children.”

Du Pont said that Mother of Peace provides a second chance for abandoned, abused and aids orphans.

“Our club has an ongoing relationship with Mother of Peace and projects initiated by our club have been well run and sustainable,” she said.

Gradwell thanked the people on the ground, supporters and donors for contributing to changing the lives of many children.

He and wife Linda have provided leadership, vision and followed through with faith to give hundreds of children a better life.

“This has come as total surprise. I accept this award with honour, but it is not about me, it is about the people on the ground who work hard to make it work.” One of the areas that Mother of Peace aims to develop further is education programmes as Gradwell is passionate about education and skills development. The ECD programme reaches out to children in neighbouring Inkwali. It currently has an early childhood development centre and small primary school.

The skills class enables children to learn at their own pace while giving them the confidence to develop to their full potential.

Their needs include stationery, outdoor play equipment, sports equipment, text books for Grade 5, workbooks for Grade R, library books and tutoring services.

Should you wish to make a contribution, email Iris Canham on iris@motherofpeace.org.za or phone 031 916 2299. - Supplied.

THIS HAS COME AS TOTAL SURPRISE. I ACCEPT THIS AWARD WITH HONOUR, BUT IT IS NOT ABOUT ME, IT IS ABOUT THE PEOPLE ON THE GROUND WHO WORK HARD TO MAKE IT WORK

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