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Community Builder of the Year 2018 |Business Women of the Year Awards NPO Winner - Founder & current Director of the NPO Building A Future (BAF)
Irene in her own words: “I dearly thank Angelique du Toit for Nominating me; as one of South Africa’s Top 100 SA Difference Makers through the platform DMI-SA (Difference Makers Int. S.A.). It broaden my mind not to think and focus on the people, places and development here and now that surrounds me. It opens my mind and heart to see, feel, hear and touch with others the world and not just a part. Being part of something that is not just present with you but present somewhere else with the same impact immediately elevates the level where you are at; being part of the Global Love & Change Movement is great. Angelique du Toit (link) I thank you so much for your interest and time to consider nominating me to be part of this platform. When I received a call from Julie B Steynberg, the Country Ambassador DMI-SA it was unexpected and very touching to me. After 23 years of community upliftment-work with a focus to empower children and youth, it means a lot to me to have the work recognised, (bolt) especially by such a distinguished and valued organization such as DMI-SA. I want to thank God for implanting the vision of DMI-SA in the heart of the vision carrier. It is so wonderful that DMI-SA is able to host a platform for Change Makers that work selflessly to change for the better. (Irene continues..)
Being Top 100 SA Difference Maker ignite a higher purpose within me; a feeling to inspire others to become Change Makers S.A. too. As a Difference Maker, I know that my action is what converts human dreams into significance. It propels others to bring out their best and their unique gifts. Being a Difference Maker, helps me to connect with them, and create a platform for them to connect and recreate too. I love the Slogan of Difference Makers S.A.: I see us Standing Strong Together as Change Makers, being part of this amazing platform of Change Makers S.A., by looking to each other's interest and no longer each one looking to his own. Together as Change Makers we collectively and lovingly serving the world with our talents, gifts and grow in character. This is how we as Change Makers S.A. can help and expand each other's effort."
Irene believes: John C Maxwell writes in his book titled The Power of a Leader: Understanding can change the mind, but action changes lives. Working in community I have come to know how presence makes a difference. Individual attention opens their minds to be creative as the world needs them. This paves a way for them to make a difference in their family. When Nominated I was asked: My heart as Change Maker S.A.: I will establish an Educational Centre to assist primary school children to discover a deep desire to perform with excellence and have fun learning. Educatoin from a younger age that is introduced with excitement develops the mind to engage more readily. Many of our children get introduced at a later stage in life and then forced, so learning becomes difficult due to the manner they are introduced.
The Community writes: Samantha Blankenberg:
“Irene Fitzi-George has made a difference in the lives of the Barkly-West Community as well as in my own life. Through her efforts to uplift, empower, educate and promote the children, youth, women and senior members of this community she has enabled many to reclaim their dignity and rediscover hope for the future. Irene has been instrumental in uniting and healing a community of beautiful people and children in need of opportunity in a world that has overlooked them. She has assisted many on the road to achieving their dreams and opened doors to a future of hope. Without her and the family I have found at the centre, I would not be here today. It’s that simple and mine is just a “drop in the ocean” of testimonies of people whose lives have been touched by
this remarkable woman. I am forever grateful to her”.
Miriam Mtlhobelo writes:
“Irene epitomise the pure qualities of a dedicated leader. She has and still serves the people of Barkly West and some surrounding places with distinction. Her ability to achieve so much with so little support from authorities has really made her stand out amongst her peers. Irene is an asset to the entire Barkly-West community; she has proven beyond any doubt “The Ubuntu phenomenon”