2018 1Life Life Changer Award
Moss Lehlokoa honoured for his commitment to the community
I was honoured to attend the DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards this past weekend, and although I was really looking forward to seeing which entertainers were Mzansi’s favourites, I was keen to find out who 1Life Insurance deemed a life changer within South African communities. This was through 1Life’s Life Changer Award – which I would say was the most important award for the evening.
The award, now in its second consecutive year, aims to recognise an individual who is making a real difference within their community, by selflessly committing themselves to giving back.
“The selfless nature of giving back often means that these individuals shy away from being celebrated,” says Katharine Liese, Head of Marketing Financial Services at 1Life. “It is with this in mind that we encourage people to nominate those in their communities who they feel deserve such recognition. There is so much great work being done out there and often it goes unnoticed.”
Moss is a remarkable individual with a passion for making a real change in the community of Diepsloot, through empowering the youth. Using his profession as a mechanic, he teaches the youth to fix cars and work with what they have. On top of that, he is a mentor and a father to many who he has taken under his wing, keeping them in school and providing for those in need.
“Moss simply blew us away and left us speechless. He is so deserving of this award and we feel honoured to be able to acknowledge his commitment, work and active participation in his community. We trust this award will go a long way in motivating Moss to continue his efforts in changing lives and making a difference to those around him,” continues Liese.
Although ultimately a tough decision, given that there were so many incredible people nominated in 2018, the judging criteria to select the award winner was based on the impact that the nominee has on their community through their initiative, along with how they addressed a real community need.
“We see the value in recognising all these incredible individuals who are playing a larger role in positively changing the lives of their communities. We hope to continue with the recognition each year as part of celebrating Mzansi’s people and its spirit. Again, our congratulations must be extended to Moss. We look forward to the continued fruits of your labour – you have certainly led from the front,” concludes Liese.