THE Annual Eastwood Ward 34 Community Awards were blessed when a couple of national figures attended the ceremony last Friday.In attendence was Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs Barbara Thompson; South African Indoor Football Association (Saifa) secretary Ibrahim Hoosen; Curtis Dos Santos, Quincy Ngcobo, and Steven “Scara” Tony (all SA Indoor Team); and former Bafana Bafana, Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates captain Mbulelo “OJ” Mabizela.Community activist, veteran journalist, and founder of the event Jerry Barnes said they were blessed by the attendance of household names from different walks of life, especially Thompson, Hoosen, Dos Santos, Ngcobo, Tony and Mabizela. Even the oldcrock former Real Taj and Sobantu Shooting Stars player Darkie Mkhize (Sobantu) was there as a guest.“We felt very blessed and special because our event was well attended by well-known figures.“I really felt honoured when some people from other wards started phoning us because they wanted to come and see the magic atmosphere of our function,” said Barnes.Thompson said an event such as the Ward 34 Awards was very important because it was a unifying exercise and he appreciates the local talent, especially people, who are uplifting the community.“We might take these things lightly but they are very important. “I would like to personally thank the founder of this event and say well done. Let alone the sponsors, trophies and money spent on it, just a thought about starting means a lot. “People like the founder of this event are hard to find and sometimes we take them for granted because they are one of us,” said Thompson.Altogether, 35 recipients were honoured during the ceremony last Friday.Some of the popular name that received awards from different spheres of life included Hoosen, Nomalanga Hlubi, Mabizela, Curtis Dos Santos, Tony, Ngcobo, Guns Amien, Deon Warren, Gerald Jackson and Veronica Dos Santos, to name a few. — Supplied.