Helenvale honours unsung heroes in Star Awards

HELENVALE has acknowledged its heroes in the community on its first annual community star awards called Night with the Stars which was held on August 11.

Mario Lewis, chairman of the Helenvale Centre of Hope, said that the evening was a great success and residents were proud to receive their prestigious awards.

“The Helenvale Centre of Hope decided to give recognition to our unsung heroes for their outstanding contribution to our community,” Lewis said.

There was a total of 31 categories which acknowledged Grades 7 and 12 learners, outstan-ding non-profit organisations, business forums, church leaders, community activists, sport leaders, community leaders, artists (music, poetry and art) as well as physically challenged people.

The public did the nominations in the wide variety of categories.

“The driving force behind the awards was the centre’s management committee and our sponsor, Finecorp Trading, but we were not involved in the voting process,” Lewis said.

“People have a notion that Helenvale, more commonly known as Katanga, is not a place where good things can happen. Helenvale is a very divided area and the main reason was to get everyone under one roof – to thank our unsung heroes and heroines for their tremendous service in all types of programmes in Helenvale,” Lewis added.

Among the guest speakers present to honour the residents of Helenvale and show gratitude to all nominees, was the Executive Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay, Athol Trollip.

Lewis said, “The community is very proud of us and every person we get in the streets thanks us for the work we do. This project was ground breaking.”

The Night with the Stars community awards was the first of many to come for the residents of Helenvale.

Lewis aims to work closely with individuals, young people and children to improve the area.

“I want to see all NGOs and organizations unite and brainstorm to make Helenvale a success and to ultimately better the lives of all residents.”