Rewarding humanitarian efforts

2019-10-30 06:02
PHOTO: suppliedDr Connie Ngubane.

PHOTO: suppliedDr Connie Ngubane.

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LOCAL businesswoman and pastor Dr Connie Ngubane says never thought she would be rewarded for her involvement with charity work as she did it out of love for her community in Pietermaritzburg.

Dr Ngubane, who is the owner for Connie’s Kitchen, was recently honoured with a Humanitarian Award at the Ingoma Awards ceremony that was held on Saturday in Johannesburg.

Speaking to Echo, Ngubane, who runs a programme for feeding street children every Sunday and donates groceries to needy community members around the city, said she gets so much joy from helping those in need.

“I help people from the goodness of my heart. It is something that I love doing. It is just my way of giving back to community and thanking them for the support they have given me since I started as a street vendor 16 years ago.

“I feel so humbled and honoured by this award. It encourages me to go even further for my community with the little that I have,” she said.

She said she was so shocked when she heard that she is being honoured.

In 2017 Ngubane was honoured with a doctorate by United Christ Bible Institute for her community work.

“I had tears of joy and I started singing gospel songs praising the Lord.

Being honoured outside your province for something that you are doing in your province is big.”

“I have been honoured in KwaZulu-Natal but I never thought that people outside the province also notice the difference I am making in the community. This is like a challenge to me now, that I need to step up and help other people outside Pietermaritzburg as well,” she said.

Ngubane said she is going to continue and give back to the community for as long as she has the means and resources to do so.

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