About Quest Kickboxing Academy
The South African kickboxing champion and coach Henry van der Walt is the winner of the first ever Eastern Globe Awards; the Award Ceremony took place at Safari Nursery on March 19.
“The Eastern Globes honours and recognizes individuals residing in Pretoria who, with little money, restricted resources and limited manpower, make a real difference in the lives of other people living in Pretoria,” says Betsie van der Merwe, Editor and Co-owner of Eastern Times community newspaper.
“To show our gratitude towards the community we serve, the newspaper introduced the Eastern Globe Awards last year to acknowledge and honour ordinary citizens for their extraordinary contribution towards making Pretoria a kind and more compassionate environment for all.”
The categories in which individuals could be nominated were as follows: (1) community support; (2) community development work; (3) environmental conservation and promotion; (4) sport; (5) economy and (6) general community involvement such as community safety.
Although Henry was the victor, Jeannie du Plessis and Carol van Niekerk were also recognized for the work they do, while Kobus van Vuuren walked away with the Eastern Times Reader Award (Kobus received the most readers’ votes). Henry van der Walt is a South African kickboxing champion: his passion and love for the sport urged him to start teaching young underprivileged children. Henry runs the Quest Kickboxing Development Academy in conjunction with the Christian Social Council Roodeplaat. He visits informal settlements outside of Pretoria nearly every week where he trains approximately 30 young people between the ages of three and eighteen years in kickboxing. The Academy also teaches the children essential life skills.