Patrick Mashanda – Award for Youth in Philanthropy

Founder of the Hope Warriors Children’s Charity, Patrick Mashanda from Pretoria is the recipient of the 2013 Inyathelo Philanthropy Award for Youth in Philanthropy.

Patrick Mashanda

Patrick Mashanda

Patrick established Hope Warriors Children’s Charity in Soshanguve north of Pretoria in response to the challenges he himself experienced growing up.  He believes that the path to success is through education and devotes his time and energy assisting children make the most of their education.

Growing up in Zimbabwe, as one of 26 children of a polygamous marriage, he was only able to access education with the help of his uncle. Patrick is quick to point out that the support he received from his uncle changed his life and was instrumental in helping him move out of the cycle of poverty in which his family was trapped.

Patrick is fiercely passionate about supporting children in the same way so that they can succeed regardless of their life circumstances. He started using his own funds to feed vulnerable children living in Soshanguve, and then found a shack attached to a church where he could feed children, give them a safe space to play and help them with their homework.

He has now registered Hope Warriors Children as a non-profit organisation. To date about 80 children have been helped through Patrick’s dedication and determination. Patrick has also used his personal funds to provide school uniforms, food and stationary for some of the children. He also allows youngsters in the community to use his personal computer to apply for jobs.

Patrick experienced the power that education can have in changing his life and he is now passing on this message in kind. He has provided a safe space and an enabling environment so children can do their best in difficult circumstances.

A total of eight exceptional South Africans have been honoured at the prestigious 7th annual Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards this evening. The annual gala event, which took place at the Cape Town City Hall on Tuesday 5 November 2013, was initiated by Inyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement to acknowledge, celebrate and honour those whose personal giving has contributed towards sustainable social change in our country.

The following individuals were presented with awards:

  • 8-year-old rhino campaigner Afeefah Patel received the 2013 Inyathelo Award for Children in Philanthropy.
  • Chairperson of the Zip Zap Circus School in Cape Town Victoria Nel received the 2013 Inyathelo Award for Philanthropy in Youth Development.
  • Founder of the Sedikong sa Lerato feeding centre for vulnerable children in Polokwane Mavis Mathabatha received the 2013 Inyathelo Award for Philanthropy in Food Security.
  • Founders of the Lungisani Indlela Village for vulnerable children in Verulam KwaZulu-Natal Tich and Joan Smith received the 2013 Inyathelo Award for Philanthropy in Community Development.
  • Founder of the Care-Net Development and Support Centre for vulnerable children in Winterveld outside Pretoria Mmatsatsi Mokgohloa also received an Inyathelo Award for Philanthropy in Community Development.
  • Founder of the Hope Warriors Children’s Charity in Soshanguve north of Pretoria Patrick Mashanda received the 2013 Inyathelo Philanthropy Award for Youth in Philanthropy.
  • Leading businessman and founder of the Riverlea Development Trust in Eldorado Park outside Johannesburg Jeffrey van Rooyen received the 2013 Inyathelo Award for Excellence in Philanthropy.
  • And for his tireless work over many years to uplift the Westlake community in Cape Town James McGregor received the 2013 Inyathelo Award for Lifetime Philanthropy.

 

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