Selected from almost 3,800 nominations made by readers all over South Africa, 12 heartwarming nominee stories were selected and featured on Sponsors of Brave. From these 12, two ultimately walked away with the grand prize of a trip to a medical conference of their choice and R25,000 to pay-it-forward to their chosen charity.
With so many inspirational featured stories of brave pharmacists, doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals, it came down to the readers and judges votes to pick the winners.
The readers choice winner was chosen by the votes of the readers, while the judges choice winner was selected by the panel of judges anonymously.
Watch how the announcement unfolded:
The Readers' Choice
The final 12 featured videos received an impressive amount of over 17,000 votes, but it was Pharmacist Nontutuzelo Sibango, who ultimately took home the Readers' Choice Award gaining over 4,000 votes.
Ntutu established her first pharmacy in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, 19 years ago and has used her position to give back to her community. Her kindness is well-known in the area, and her local sports charities and fun-runs encourage healthy living and support talented young athletes.
The Judges' Pick
The judges did not have an easy time choosing a winner, they were looking for a story that truly showed a sense of Ubuntu and caring for fellow South Africans , and one that inspired. The panel of judges selected their winner through an anonymous vote, and the nominee who in the end took home the Judges Choice Award was Doctor Hugo Tempelman.
Hugo 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 that address healthcare, child and youth needs, WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene), infrastructure support and research for improved community development. One of these programmes includes the incredibly successful Ndlovu Youth choir.
Hugo is known in his community as 'Hlanganani', which means “he who brings people together”. A man with true ubuntu spirit.
Ntutu and Hugo will each be walking away with an all-expenses-paid trip to an overseas medical conference of their choice (once it is safe to travel again post COVID-19). They will also have the opportunity to pay-it-forward by donating R25,000 to the registered NPO charities of their choice.
Taking it a step further, Adcock Ingram OTC surprised the 10 runner-up feature nominees by announcing that an additional R5,000 will be donated toward each of their chosen registered NPO charities as well.
Each nominated healthcare professional was recognised in their communities for contributing to the betterment of others. They are role models for all of us, and they must be acknowledged and celebrated.
Adcock Ingram OTC strongly aligns themselves as being a company that strives to facilitate and sponsor bravery and uplift our local unsung heroes. Yudhveer explained "bravery is working to make our country and society a better place today and for our future. This why we at Adcock Ingram OTC are Sponsors of Brave".
Thank you to all our readers for your heartfelt nominations and votes, thank you for sharing these stories and celebrating the achievements of healthcare workers. We encourage everyone to keep the spirit of Sponsors of brave alive and continue giving back, serving our communities, and acknowledging those around us who go above and beyond. Please be safe and BE BRAVE!