DTHF received the UBUNTU Award for Social Responsibility at a gala event in Cape Town on 17th February. The evening honoured the legacy of Oliver Tambo and those South Africans who have followed in his footsteps. It was attended by President Jacob Zuma and many notable dignitaries. Tracy-Ann Finnan (Senior Finance) and Riaan Beukes (Project Leader for Zimele) graciously received the award on behalf of the Foundation.
The award recognizes “South African citizens or organizations that through excellence serve as global ambassadors of our nation. The awards celebrate South
African citizens who through their Integrity, Passion, Patriotism and Humility have raised the South African flag high on an international stage.”
Riaan’s acceptance speech is notable, encapsulating the values and mission that drive the DTHF.
“Good evening Mr. President, Ladies and Gentleman.
The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, passionately seeks to reduce the impact of HIV, tuberculosis and related conditions on the lives of individuals, families and communities in South Africa, the region and in Africa.
Through our innovation and hard work and driven by our compassion for humanity, we strive to improve the health and wellbeing of all individuals particularly those who live in the most burdened and least resourced parts of our country.
Inspired by the example and teachings of our patron, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, we seek to support and change, those least fortunate, hardest hit and most needy. Over many years this has included people living with HIV and TB, the LGBT community, adolescents and young women. Never daunted nor overcome, we have sought evidence-based interventions with African innovation and creativity to solve some of the most pressing health challenges facing our country today.
Some of our firsts have included: antiretroviral treatment to primary health care communities, mobile HIV and health screening, cutting edge drugs, vaccine candidates, and HIV prevention technologies.
We are greatly honoured to have been singled out with this award today and express our gratitude to our nominators and the South African community.