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Children of Fire Honours

Bronwen Jones, the founder of Children of Fire International, its predecessor the Dorah Mokoena Charitable Trust, Children of Fire Trust and the Johannesburg School for Blind, Low Vision and Multiple Disability Children, was awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen's New Year Honours List in 2016.

In 2011 she was awarded the Inyathelo Award for Philanthropy in Health in Africa.

Bronwen Jones is a Paul Harris Fellow, awarded by Rotary.

She was nominated for the Hannah Neil World of Children Awards in both 2003 and in 2007. These are likened to a Nobel Prize for people who help children. They were created to recognise the best among us whose energies and purposes are devoted to earth's most precious resource... children. In 2003 (and a similar number in 2007), World of Children received 141 nominations from 21 different countries. Bronwen was nominated for her significant contribution to children. David W. Lippy, President, World of Children, Inc., thanked her and all the other nominees for their selfless commitment.

In August 2000 she was voted into the top 21 women in all South Africa, in the Woman of the Year competition and into the top three women in the country in the Community Affairs section. She was interviewed with the children that she assists, on SABC Television and attended the gala event in Cape Town with her adoptive daughter Dorah. Organisers SABC3 and Shoprite Checkers state that: "Woman of the Year recognises and awards women in all spheres who help make our country a better place."

Bronwen also received a Vocational Award from Rotary. It said: "Through her dedication and exemplary leadership, she has embodied the true spirit of Rotary's Motto: Service above Self." Rotary donated R5,000 to Children of Fire (South Africa) that was spent on a fire fighting water tank.

In the October/November 2001 edition of the international magazine Colors produced by Benetton, Bronwen was one of three people mentioned from South Africa. She was the only person in the whole issue to receive a donation for her work from Benetton. The sum of approximately R40,000 was received by Children of Fire (South Africa) in October 2001. The picture was the first one in the "kids" section in the Volunteers issue on www.colorsmagazine.com but the brief text was only available in the magazine itself.

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