Veteran activist bags mayoral award

Kuils River activist Dawn Roode shows off her mayoral award.

Kuils River activist Dawn Roode has been honoured with a mayoral award for her community work in safety and development.

The awards honour community-service work by individuals and groups across the metro.

The City had put out a call for nominations for credible activists whose work had a positive impact. Voting was open to the public, and nominations could be made from the start of June to Friday June 25.

The event, held virtually on Tuesday June 29, from the Cape Town Civic Centre, was live-streamed to various venues across 24 sub-councils.

The awards ceremony was to have hosted 50 guests for a sit-down dinner on Tuesday June 29, but it was cancelled due to the level-4 lockdown restrictions. However, each recipient collected their award and received their dinner as a take-away on the evening, according to a City statement.

Mayor Dan Plato said the awards were given to “selfless guardian angels” who made a difference in their communities.

“The Mayoral Community Service Awards are intended to honour the extent of community service work of individuals, groups or organisations across the 24 sub-councils in the city,” he said.

Ms Roode spreads information about human trafficking, missing children and gender violence in the Kuils River area. She left teaching 23 years ago to work full-time as a volunteer at the Kuils River police victim-support unit. She also runs soup kitchens and distributes food and clothing to fire victims.

“The award that I received was for safety development and awareness and all the years that I am doing community work after I left the teaching profession.

“Development, to inform and alert the communities about safety, as well as doing motivational and inspirational talks about safety, have always been a priority for me.”

“I’m serving my nation. I’m totally blessed and in this way I can give to others.”