The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Adv. Albert Fritz, today met and congratulated Joel Greek, the winner of a global essay competition hosted by the Lions Clubs International and United Nations.
Joel (12), who hails from Kuilsriver, is a Grade 7 learner at the Athlone School for the Blind in Bellville South. His winning essay on “Shared Peace” was chosen from contestants from over 100 countries that form part of the Lions Clubs International network.
The school’s principal, Mr. Fletcher Fisher, welcomed Minister Fritz, who was accompanied by the Democratic Alliance Member of Parliament, Ms. Bridgette Masango, in meeting and congratulating Joel, who tomorrow jets-off to New York for the prize-giving ceremony. The ceremony will be held at the United Nations Headquarters, and Joel will be accompanied by his mother and the schools secretary, Ms. Barbara Davis.
In congratulating Joel, Minister Fritz said, “As the department we will continue to support and empower our young people, especially youth living with disabilities to use their opportunities, pursue their happiness, and prosper”. Joel will be presented with his award and $5 000 cash prize, at a ceremony on Saturday. “Joel is a fine example of a young person using their skills and talents to achieve great things which put him, his school and this province on the global stage. Well done”, added Minister Fritz.
Minister Fritz will see off Joel and his delegation, at the Cape Town International Airport tomorrow morning.