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Social Innovations Champions announced for prestigious Impumelelo Awards

Written by: diannem

The Impumelelo Social Innovations Centre’s 2017 awards had the Artscape’s opera house buzzing with excitement when the winners were announced on Saturday, 4 November 2017. This occasion proves that people do want to come together and improve the lives of South Africans.

The awards programme, this year presented in partnership with the Distell Development Trust, uncovers a wide range of exceptional models of excellence and dedicated change-makers across a wide range of development sectors. After a rigorous selection and adjudications process spanning several months, 25 social innovation projects throughout the country made it onto the final shortlist after being selected from a list of 64 applicants’ country-wide.

This year, Impumelelo has awarded exceptional projects which have found solutions to problems plaguing our communities, for 17 years.

“These award winning projects are but a few examples that show that if government forms partnerships with the non-profit sector, half of its national development challenges will be addressed. Many of these award winners can provide government with the blueprint to solve some of our most pressing issues. Our award winners stand for excellence, dedication and passion. They are prime examples of how social innovation projects can effect substantial and sustainable change in communities."

Impumelelo’s Executive Director, Rhoda Kadalie

"The awards event once again underlined the importance of finding and recognising prize-worthy initiatives that not only exemplify best practice in one community, but that can also be replicated across many other communities.”

Chief Executive of the Distell Development Trust, Vernon de Vries

This year, the West Coast Youth Orchestra was awarded Bronze.

The WCYO, started with a handful of children practicing as one huge mixed ensemble. Under the careful care, guidance and expertise of founding member, Ms. Carina Brown the numbers grew and the NPC was register end Aug 2013. The initiative is a culturally diverse non-profit organization on the West Coast that has programs in Saldanha, Vredenburg, Langebaan and Hopefield.

They work closely with the West Coast Community and less fortunate schools to expand children and young people's musical knowledge and encourage imaginative thinking, creativity, a positive self-image and a respect for their own and others’ cultural heritage. By providing opportunities for youth music tuition, development orchestras and higher education opportunities, they are able to create a youth that has a deep sense of self and vision for the future.

Learn more about the great work the West Coast Orchestra Here:
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