Finalists announced in Inspiring Youth

AS THIS year’s Inspiration Awards breakfast draws closer, the Inspiring Youth Campaign has come to an end, and the top eight finalists are selected.

YOUTH AWARDS: Back from left, Vodacom4U manager Lizinda Bezuidenhout, Chloe Botha, Ciara Bedser, Allyssa Joseph, PnA mascot Penny, PnA manager, Elmarie Krause, Shalyka Azam and Thembisilie Manu. Front, from left, Riley Devan, Songo Matshingana, Neha Naidoo, Daniel Boucher, campaign organiser Brad Taylor and PnA Stationers general manager Heinrich Fuls. Picture: SUPPLIED

The finalists are Daniel Boucher with Bottles2Bricks, Ciara Bedser with Big Heart Small Hands, Riley Devan with Rolling Rhinos, The Hudson Port Rex Lions Cubs, the Stirling Eco Club, Thembisilie Manu and Shalyka Azam with Sharing is Caring and Songo Matshingana.

Throughout last month, pupils in East London were encouraged to submit their stories of how they were helping to transform and inspire their communities.

From aiding the fight against rhino poaching to helping children affected by poverty, each finalist has a unique and inspirational story.

The finalists have each been awarded R2000 in vouchers from PnA Stationers and Vodacom4U and will stand a chance to be nominated as Local Heroes by the Daily Dispatch.

Other sponsors and partners for the campaign include LinkFM, Iguana Media and Johnson & Johnson.

The eight finalists will have the opportunity to present their inspirational stories at the sixth annual Inspiration Awards breakfast taking place at Mercedez Benz on May 17.

One of these finalists could have their story voted as the most inspirational at the event, receiving a further R40000 for their cause.

“Many notice the problems in our society, but few choose to use their lives to become part of the solution. We are so proud of these pupils,” campaign organiser Brad Taylor said.

For more information, visit the Inspiration Awards Facebook page or website at


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