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Just ten days left to nominate your philanthropy heroes for awards

Media Statement issued on behalf of Inyathel The South African Institute for Advancement

For immediate release: Tuesday, 19th June 2012

Nominations for the prestigious annual Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards close in ten days on Friday, 29th June 2012. The annual national awards were established six years ago to acknowledge, celebrate and honour those whose personal giving has contributed towards sustainable social change in South Africa and has inspired others to give. Previous awardees include the likes of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, the Ackerman family, Kanchana Moodliar (founder of the Saris for Good Karma Project), Bridgette Mamugubudi (who set up the Litshani Vhana Vhade Foundation for disadvantaged children in rural Limpopo), best-selling author Richard Mason (who established the Kay Mason Foundation in memory of his late sister), Refiloe Seseane (a TV personality who started the organisation 18twenty8 to empower young women) and Dwyn Griesel (founder of the Kronendal Music Academy of Hout Bay).

Inyathelo Programme Director Gabrielle Ritchie says they are looking for extraordinary people who are actively working in small or big ways to improve their communities and our country - be it through for example the arts, education, health, research, or the provision of basic services. “Philanthropy is dependent on the interest, passion, commitment, generosity and foresight of individuals wanting to make a difference, and our awards seek to recognise and commend these people publicly. Individual giving is a key source of donor money in South Africa and we really need to grow this in a big way.  Philanthropists play a critical role in providing services to poor and vulnerable people; a voice to those who have not yet been heard; and innovative solutions to our many social problems without always insisting on making a profit,” explains Ritchie.

Anyone is invited to nominate  their philanthropy heroes by filling in a simple online form on the Philanthropy SA website www.philanthropy.org.za or by contacting Inyathelo’s Philanthropy Coordinator Alfred Thutloa on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 021-465 6981/2. You can also submit a nomination via the Inyathelo Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/Inyathelo. The awards will be announced at a gala event on 30 October 2012 in Johannesburg.

Thutloa says the awardees are chosen according to specific criteria by a panel of 8 highly respected judges, including Zenariah Barends (GreyMatter Finch), Amanda Bloch (Children’s Hospital Trust) and Amelia Jones (Community Chest Western Cape). “We are looking for philanthropy champions who have demonstrated initiative and leadership, and who have used their personal funds, no matter how large or small, to make a difference and inspire others to give. It is critical that individual South Africans begin to support the civil society organisations that form the backbone of our democracy and social welfare system. The impact of recent funding shortfalls is having dire consequences, particularly in the areas of education, health care and social justice. We believe local philanthropists can help bridge the funding gap left by international donors,” says Thutloa.

Click here to find out more about the awards and to nominate your Philanthropy heroes

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Gabrielle Ritchie
Inyathelo Programme Director
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Alfred Thutloa
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