Society's Super Heroes

Society’s Super Heroes is a podcast series celebrating the men, women and organisations who have dedicated their lives to empowering communities, and who work tirelessly to improve the lives of others.

Each sector commemorates an annual day. The days are occasions to educate and to reinforce achievements in humanity. These days are the perfect springboard for awareness raising actions. We will be curating conversations with Super Heroes to explore what their day means to them and shine a spotlight on the work that they are doing. We will be sharing stories of hope and inspired active citizenship as we shift consciousness.

Society’s Super Heroes is hosted by Luke Lamprecht and Karen Landi. Luke has three decades of experience working in the non profit and child protection and development sector. Luke is the Developmental Director of Fight with Insight, a boxing program for inner city youth. Fight with Insight is in Hillbrow, one of the toughest neighbourhoods in the world. Through Fitness, Fun, Friends, and Food, Luke is part of a team of people changing the Future of the youth. Luke chose the road less travelled and shines a light into the darkness, asked why he goes into the darkness, he responds, “because there are people there”. Luke is a serial social entrepreneur and is actively involved with numerous advocacy groups. Karen is a change maker and social entrepreneur with a passion for the youth, active citizenship, and community building. In 2017 Karen co founded Community Hours – a youth volunteering platform, through the platform Karen mindfully worked to change the perceptions of young people around community service, social cohesion and volunteering. She currently runs Ei8ht – a co working space, networking and communications platform for the non profit sector.

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EP25: 30th April - A Special Edition of Society's Super Heroes

We are delighted to introduce the first of our Special Edition Society’s Super Heroes Podcasts to commemorate the launch of WMACA’s Athletes Against Child Abuse. Athletes Against Child Abuse is dedicated to creating awareness and education in safeguarding children in the sports environment, and providing victim centric advocacy in the fight for justice. Co Founders Olivia Jasriel and Debbie Wade joined us in studio and share their stories of courage. Both women are survivors, trailblazers, warriors and advocates for child rights. Olivia and Debbie are sportswomen who competed at an international level – Olivia is a tennis player and Debbie is a swimmer. "Children should be free to participate in sport in a healthy, safe environment free of discrimination, abuse and sexual violence."

EP24: 28t April - Guide Dog's Day

Wednesday 28th April is Guide Dog’s Day. Guide Dogs make the world a better place for their owners. HOD of Puppy Raising at the South African Guide Dogs Association – Joel van Stavel, and Puppy Raiser – Tammy Visagie joined us in studio accompanied by special guest starts – Kingston and Ginty. “Inside every Guide Gog beats the heart of a Puppy Raiser”. Joel and Tammy chat about the significant impact and importance of Puppy Raisers and that it takes an extraordinary dog to give someone an ordinary life.

EP23: 27th April - Freedom Day

Tuesday 27th April is Freedom Day, the anniversary of South Africa’s first non-racial election of 1994. We feature power couple - Barney and Melany Andrews. Melany speaks of living a life of impact with the goal of creating a life of freedom – free from hate, violence, bullying, poverty, inequality and social ills. Barney, “If all of us do our little bits we can eat this elephant and fix South Africa together no matter our backgrounds; Race, Politics, Religion, Gender, Sexual Oriental or Level of Education, all of us have a role to play and a contribution to make - our country has the resources and the people to deliver on its true potential "....for ALL who live in it". Harambee - Let's pull together.

EP23: 28th April - Guide Dog

28th April Guide Dog’s Day

Wednesday 28th April is Guide Dog’s Day. Guide Dogs make the world a better place for their owners. HOD of Puppy Raising at the South African Guide Dogs Association – Joel van Stavel, and Puppy Raiser – Tammy Visagie joined us in studio accompanied by special guest starts – Kingston and Ginty. “Inside every Guide Gog beats the heart of a Puppy Raiser”. Joel and Tammy chat about the significant impact and importance of Puppy Raisers and that it takes an extraordinary dog to give someone an ordinary life.

EP22: World Autism Awareness Day - 2nd of April

World Autism Awareness Day celebrates the unique talents of those with Autism, while putting a huge focus on the warm embrace and welcome that these skills deserve through community events around the globe.

We were joined by two brilliant and inspirational women – Susan Daly and Dr Dee Blackie. Sue describes herself as not trained or prepared for Autism, she says she is a work in progress. She is mom to 24 year old Cairan and 22 year old Heather. Cairan is Autistic and throughout his life, Sue has been a pioneer in seeking solutions for Cairan’s health care, education and in ensuring that he is in a fulfilling and nurturing adult care program. Dr Dee Blackie transitioned from the corporate world to the world of child protection 10 years ago. Dee developed Courage to increase awareness and understanding of child protection challenges in communities to improve the gate-keeping function of child protection organisations across the globe. Dee has just been awarded her PhD from WITS, her research focuses on childhood learning disabilities and neurodevelopmental disorders.

We talk about increasing understanding and acceptance of people with Autism and how we can inspire a kinder, more inclusive world.

EP21: World Down Syndrome Day - 21st of March

Sunday 21st March is World Down Syndrome Day. Super Hero Parents – Rob and Amy Portman share authentically and generously their journey with their typical son – Trey, and a-typical daughter Nova. When asked what Down Syndrome is, Rob responded, “the most beautiful thing in the whole world”. Amy added, “my daughter is two and a half, she is my greatest teacher, my biggest cheerleader, and my smile therapist, I would do anything for her and never want to change anything about her”.

EP20: International Day of Happiness - 20th of March

Saturday 20th March is International Day of Happiness. International Day of Happiness celebrates the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world. It’s a day to be happy! I am in conversation with Kim Potgieter. Kim is considered one of South Africa’s leading authorities on holistic Financial Planning in the retirement sector. She is passionate about merging a client’s goals and dreams with their financial plan to enable a life filled with inspiration, meaning and happiness. We talk money and happiness, vulnerability, the joy of giving back, and the little voice in our heads! Kim shares her wisdom on what we have learnt a year into COVID and packing a new suitcase, leaving behind the baggage that no longer serves us.

EP19: World Sleep Day - 19th March

World Sleep Day is on Friday 19th March, the slogan for the 14th annual World Sleep Day is Regular Sleep, Healthy Future. The effervescent Joni Peddie takes us through the science of sleep, and that our beds should only be used for sleeping, sex or reading a paper novel. As a Professional Speaker, Executive Coach and Strategic Facilitator, Joni is determined to build awareness about sleep being the key to good health, mental, physical and emotional well being.

EP18: World Day of Social Justice - 20th of February

World Day of Social Justice is on the 20th February, the purpose of the day is to focus on the plight of social injustice throughout the world and recognises the need to promote efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, exclusion, employment, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice for all. What an honour to be in conversation with Mark Heywood, human rights and social justice activist. Mark is the founding co-editor of the new civil society / social justice segment of South Africa’s most widely read online news source Daily Maverick – Daily Citizen.

EP17: Donor Day - 14th of February

The 14th February is Donor Day, a day that celebrates people who have helped save people’s lives by donating blood, marrow, tissue, and organs. It’s a day that drives home exactly how amazing and giving the human spirit is because it pays tribute to so many people who have donated of themselves, often to help save the life of someone they’ve never met. Our Super Hero is Alice Vogt. Alice is the Co Founder of Tell – Transplant Education for Living Legacies. Alice was born with Cystic Fibrosis, and had a double lung transplant in 2008 at the age of 23, and then again in 2017 at the age of 33. She is the first person in SA to survive two bi-lateral lung transplants, and has participated in three World Transplant Games. Alice shares with us that her lung transplants didn’t give her a second chance, but rather a first chance – to breathe and lead a life of meaning.

EP16: 16 Days of Activism - 10th of December

The 10th December officially marks the end of 16 Days of Activism against Women and Children. Our guest from Cape Town, interviewed via Zoom is Lenina Rassool. Lenina is a journalist with a focus on human rights and social justice. She produces and presents The Womxn Show – a weekly television show that covers issues around gender based violence and child protection. We discuss the failures of our justice system, but also celebrate progress made.

EP15: International Volunteer Day - 5th December

We take a moment to say thank-you to volunteers and to celebrate their efforts. The theme for 2020 is Together we can through Volunteering. Thought leaders in the Volunteering Space – our very own Karen Landi, and Andy Hatfield, talk volunteering, the success during COVID and the impact of volunteering on the volunteer and communities.

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