The Phoenix Community Centre was established in 1989 and later registered as a non-profit organisation. 2019 marks the 30th anniversary since its establishment.
The centre has undertaken various community-based projects which have benefited the Phoenix and surrounding communities.
In the course of the late 70’s and 80’s, the township of Phoenix produced many men and women who dedicated their lives towards fighting issues of social justice.
As part of the Phoenix Community Centre’s anniversary celebrations, it will honour these activists who worked as volunteers and committed community activists since the establishment of the Phoenix Township in 1976.
These volunteers and community activists have made tremendous sacrifices. These heroes took up community issues in the name of Service and Development, in order to build democratic community organisations and to promote human and social development. Sadly, some of the activists have passed on.
In honouring the heroes, the Phoenix Community Centre seeks to remember and recognise the sacrifices, dedication and commitment of past community activists as well as those who came from outside of Phoenix to join in.
The commemoration will take place at the Phoenix Youth Centre in Whetstone on Saturday, July 20, 2019 in accordance with Mandela Month. All heroes will be acknowledged in display of gratitude for their rendered sacrifices, struggles and services.
A list of all community activists is currently being compiled and each awardee will receive a 30 year souvenir, a Phoenix Community Centre medallion and a recognition certificate as a token of appreciation for their dedication and sacrifice.
The community activists will be honoured in two categories being Living Legends and Our Fallen Heroes.
The Living Legends category commemorates activists who have worked in the Phoenix community and assisted in building democratic community organisations during the period of 1976 to 1994.
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The ‘Our Fallen Heroes’ category commemorates activists who have passed on but worked within democratic organisations in Phoenix during the period of 1976 to 1994.
In order to be identified and commemorated, activists must not have participated in Apartheid Government structures prior to the democratic 1994 elections and activists must have participated and worked actively on campaigns, freedom struggles and building democratic community organisations that served the interests of the community and promoted development.
“Many community activists both living legends and our fallen heroes will be honoured at this event. These unsung heroes of the Phoenix community, who have sacrificed their time with family and endured severe harassment, worked selflessly and without expecting anything in return, will be recognised. These activists put the interest and welfare of others before themselves and worked tirelessly without recognition. We are hopeful that the Phoenix community will join us in commending, commemorating and thanking our heroes for serving as models of selfless commitment and compassion,” Sham Maharaj, co-ordinator of the event said.
Maharaj called upon the public to identify and nominate individuals and the families of those who have passed on.
To identify and nominate individuals and of those who have passed on contact Eunice David on 084- 4420-025 or Sham Maharaj on 071-8859-971 email [email protected]