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8th ANNUAL AWARDS 2004 • Toronto Canada •
August 8, 2004

South African Women for Women celebrated South African Women's Day 2004, honouring the accomplishments of outstanding South African women, and acknowledging the support of friends of the organization. S.A.W.W. honours these unique women and their efforts to make our world a better place. We salute women who have served their communities in education, health, the arts, and liberation movements. These women are often stories of triumph over adversity. It is important not only to applaud these women, but to learn from them. Engaging their wisdom, and from that, empowering our own individual spirit, and societal progress.

This year, as we celebrate the 10th year of liberation in South Africa, we have presented ten S.A.W.W. Awards. Five to outstanding South African Women in their respective fields, and five to non-South African women who have contributed to the success of our organization, and have been instrumental in assisting us to achieve our goals. Among these ten worthy recipients is our Keynote Speaker and 2004 Woman of Distinction — Rev. Mpho Tutu — daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Following the Awards Ceremony, lunch was served, after which guests were entertained by a matineé performance of the internationally acclaimed UMOJA. Held at the sumptous Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre, the event was a resounding success.
Thank you to our sponsors and to all those who joined us for an unforgettable afternoon, celebrating the triumph of women.

To view photographs of the event please click here       • the recipients       • the afternoon

2004 Award recipients
(Please click on each name for a biography)
Rev. Mpho Tutu - Woman of Distinction
Jacqueline Herman - Education
Cheryl Levitt - Health
Thembi Nyandeni - Performing Arts
Amanda Uys - Community Service

Friendship Awards
Leila MacKenzie
Kay McConney
Jackie Richardson
Noelle Richardson
Nancy Ruth

Rev. Mpho Tutu

In 1999, Mpho Tutu entered Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., stretching the 3 year program to 4 years to accommodate a year that she and her husband spent working in South Africa.

In January 2004 Mpho Tutu was ordained a priest by her father Anglican Archbishop Emeritus of Capetown and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate – Desmond Tutu. The celebrated prelate, now 72, played a vital role in the decades-long battle to defeat apartheid in his homeland, South Africa. He also inspired his youngest child in her ultimate choice of vocation. "It's hard to live with a person who so obviously delighted in what they did and not have something rub off," Tutu, 40, said of her father. It isn't difficult discerning whose daughter Rev. Tutu is. She has her father's warmth, impish humour and rollicking laugh.

Asked what kind of work interests her most, Tutu said she is "drawn to ministry with women, helping women nurture their spirituality, their prayer life and a real relationship with God."

The Spirit of Togetherness

UMOJA - The Spirit of Togetherness is a pulsating musical celebration of South African song and dance. With a cast of 40 of South Africa 's brightest and most versatile young performers, singers, dancers, drummers and marimba players.

The show is a joyous celebration of dynamic talent, thrilling energy, great voices and sensual dancing sweeping across the bright and vibrant South African traditional musical landscape. The inspiration of Todd Twala and Thembi Nyandeni (of Ipi Ntombi fame) the show was created to express their heritage and to create opportunities for underprivileged South African youth.

UMOJA opened at London 's Shaftesbury Theatre after a successful run in South Africa, captivating UK audiences and press. In the past two years the show has played to standing ovations in 22 countries across the globe.