- A local man has received internationcal acclaim for his good service
- Ricardo Smart was honoured in Texas for his outstanding leadership
- The PhD student also does extensive charity work
A Western cape local has flown the Mzansi flag high after he received international honours recently.
Ricardo Virgill Smart was awarded the Golden Key International Honour Society (GK) International Leadership Council Award (ILC) in Texas recently. The GK-ILC Award recognises outstanding leaders from around the globe in one of three areas: student leadership, academic leadership or community leadership.
Smart is currently completing his PhD at Stellenbosch University. The enthusiastic young man always strives to deliver his best in a professional environment. He has received several awards from the tertiary institution, including the Rector’s Award for Excellent Achievement . He was also recognised by GoodHope FM as one of their Inspiration Youth Leaders.
One of the projects that have been close to his heart is called Toasties for Tummies. The project prepared over 10 000 sandwiches on Mandela Day, and these sandwiches were donated and distributed in 20 communities. The beneficiaries included clinics, daycare and aftercares, day hospitals, a disaster unit, elderly homes, home shelters and the homeless.
Another project that is close to Smart’s heart was the project run by him and his friend, Keenan Herbert. The duo gives free mathematics and accounting classes at the Evergreen Resource Centre in Blackheath, Western Cape.
Speaking to Briefly.co.za, he said:
"The learners from various primary and high schools in Blackheath and surrounding areas attended our sessions. Not only did the learners excel in academics, but their confidence in doing the homework has improved significantly"
The acts of service done by Smart are surely appreciated by the entire community.
“Nothing gives me greater joy than to see smiles on others' faces, especially those of children."
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