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Winners of Community Heroes – Week 4 and 5

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Week 4 – Estelle Timms

I met Estelle around 2006 when a lost doggie was found at a business premises in Sydenham.

She put posters up at shops in the surrounding areas. She doesn’t have her own transport – she made use of public transport.

She never gave up until she traced the owner of the dog (Brandy) in Commercial Road, Sidwell.

I don’t know how Estelle found out that “Brandy” was at a kennel in Nelspruit (Mbombela), but again she got involved and made sure Brandy was flown back to Gqeberha and adopted by his new parents in Jeffreys Bay.

This is just one of 1 000 animals that Estelle has helped.

All her time and money go to caring for the less fortunate animals.

Since she retired, she spends her time and money caring for animals.

She was robbed more than once of her phone, memory sticks (with important information of the animals she was helping) in the townships, but this “wonder woman” never gave up.

This unselfish woman, Estelle Timms, deserves to be nominated as a Hero, uplifting the less fortunate community.

Nominated by Lynette Paremore

  • Estelle and Lynette each win a two-night’s stay for two people at The Boardwalk Hotel, worth R8 000.

Week 5 – Pat Lippert

Whenever I think of my community hero, the phrase “Literacy, numeracy and recycling are my passions,” continue to ring in my head.

These are the words that make my friend the stand-out person whom I want to nominate as our community heroine at the Walmer Primary School.

She is Pat Lippert, co-ordinator of the Shine Literacy project, which she runs with so much dedication and success with her team of equally dedicated volunteers.

They offer literacy, numeracy and run recycling projects at the Walmer Primary School for mainly the foundation phases.

She is funny, vibrant and an absolute pleasure to work with, oozes love and positivity to everyone around her and the kids, volunteers and staff all love her.

While others took a break during the COVID-19 lockdown, she and her team updated the school’s library and collected more than 4 000 plastic bottle tops in all vibrant colours, washed sorted and placed them in five-litre bottles, in order to assist teachers in the foundation phase with numeracy lessons. That needs some serious organising and hard work.

Pat and her team also ran a successful campaign for Mandela Day, collecting and filling glass jars with lentils, soup mix and rice, all providing a hearty meal for a family of eight. They called it “Meals in a Jar” and it was given to the needy Grade 5 and 6 learners during the COVID-19 pandemic. She called it “the most humbling and gratifying experience”.

She has furthermore collected more than 300 eco-bricks, which will be used to erect a boundary wall and she plans to cultivate spekboom trees in pots on top of the boundary wall at the Shine Literacy school, in order to encourage learners to maintain sustainable shrubbery.

It is therefore an honour and privilege to nominate Pat Lippert as the PE Express /Boardwalk Community Hero.

Nominated by Vicki Minnaar

  • Pat and Vicki each win a breakfast for two at Kipling’s Brasserie, worth R460.
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