The campaign culminated in the choice winners being announced via a live virtual event. The two winners walked away with a trip to a medical conference of their choice and R25 000 to pay-it-forward to their chosen charity.
The readers' choice winner was chosen by the votes of the News24 readers, while the judge's choice winner was selected by the panel of judges anonymously.The Readers' Choice
Pharmacist Nontutuzelo Sibango
The final 12 featured videos received over 17 000 votes collectively, while Pharmacist Nontutuzelo Sibango received over 4 000 votes. Sibango established her first pharmacy in Mthatha, Eastern Cape 19 years ago.The judges' choice
Dr Hugo Tempelman
The judges reported that they had a hard task choosing an overall winner. They indicated that they were looking for a story that 'truly showed a sense of Ubuntu' for fellow South Africans and one that inspired. The panel of judges selected the winner of the category through an anonymous vote.
Hugo says that he found his calling in the Moutse Valley area of Limpopo almost 30 years ago. What started as a small health clinic, Ndlovu Medical Centre, has since expanded into a Non-Profit-Organisation, the Ndlovu Care Group.
The organisation aims to address:
- child and youth needs
- WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene)
- infrastructure support, and
- research for improved community development.
Adcock Ingram OTC surprised the 10 runner-up feature nominees by announcing that R5 000 will be donated toward each of their chosen registered NPO charities.
"Our Healthcare practitioners embody what it truly means to be brave," says Yudhveer Singh, FD of Adcock Ingram OTC Division. "They are our soldiers on the front line of the pandemic risking their lives to save others."
"They are brave icons and must be celebrated as today's super-heroes. Each nominated healthcare practitioner was recognised in their communities for contributing to the betterment of others," adds Singh.
"They are role models for all South Africans, and they must be acknowledged and recognised. We must encourage everyone to keep the spirit of sponsors of 'Brave' alive and continue giving back and serving our communities and acknowledging those around us, who go above and beyond," concludes Singh.
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