Mandela gets first Walter Sisulu Award

Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Former South African president Nelson Mandela was Tuesday named the first recipient of the Walter Sisulu Hope for Children Award.
The award, which was launched in Johannesburg, is the first international South African award for those who dedicate their lives to uplift children.
Reg Wessels, who spoke on behalf of the award organisers, said it was named after the late African National Congress stalwart, Walter Sisulu, who died recently at the age of 90, because of the exemplary life he led.
Sisulu's wife Albertina has been named as the inaugurating trustee, while Archbishop Desmond Tutu was named as its patron.
South Africa's Soccer World Cup Bid Committee chief executive Danny Jordaan and South African Airways official Rich Mkhondo would serve as ambassadors of the Walter Sisulu Hope for Children Award.
"It is South Africa's first international award in the service of children.
We look forward to finding people world-wide who have made contributions to addressing the plight of children," said Wessels.
Mandela, who has affection for children, also runs the Mandela Children's Foundation, which assists needy children.
Mandela was a life-long friend of the late Sisulu.
They spent the last 62 years of their lives together, a considerable number of them as inmates on Robben Island.
"A part of me is gone," Mandela said when Sisulu died.

10 june 2003 18:13:00




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