An evening honouring those who’ve made it their life’s work to improve the lives of their fellow South Africans sums up the 2018 Community Chest Impumelelo Social Innovations Awards 2018.
This year’s ceremony took place at the Artscape Opera House, on Wednesday. Iyeza Health, FoodForward SA, The Lalela Project Trust, and Gradesmatch were the main winners on the evening. The purpose of these awards was not only to recognise recipients for their achievements but to provide them with an invaluable investment through mentorship.
“We applaud the excellent work these deserving organisations have been doing in their community, in line with Community Chest’s four core values: facilitating social change within health, education, income-generation, and community development,” says Lorenzo Davids, Community Chest of the Western Cape CEO.
Twenty-eight candidates were shortlisted by an independent judging panel and presented their social innovation projects to the National Selection Committee, in October. The winners were then selected based on these presentations at the Philippi Village Solution Space.
Work by these NPOs includes social innovation in education (through mentorship), health (with projects spanning from food, waste to medical), upskilling youth through music, preserving the environment and focusing on early childhood development.
According to Davids, the annual awards are a nod to the organisations offering effective solutions to the country’s critical service delivery challenges. “The recent merger between Community Chest of the Western Cape and Impumelelo Social Innovation Centre have made these awards even better.”
“Our dream is for these awards to be seen as a platform for innovation, deep thinking, social intelligence and impact in a space that so desperately needs to have fresh ideas and deep thinkers who work hand in hand and shoulder to shoulder with civil society,” says Davids.
“We will continue to unearth social innovation, reward creative solutions to public problems through the annual Awards Programme and conduct Master Class Training,” says Davids.
He says the end goal is to promote public-private partnerships and work towards mainstreaming effective public service at local, provincial, and national level, making the awards programme a tool to uncover the hidden gems within the NPO sector.