A tribute to Graeme Kiewitz: Mentor, Friend and Great Philanthropist
The recent passing of our colleague and member of the PCC board, Graeme Kiewitz, provides us an opportunity to pay tribute to this incredible individual, honoring the life of a man who was a philanthropist like no other, a man who has rendered tremendous service to his community, and a man who fully embodied the character of courageous altruism.
As we try to put our words together, we are still in absolute disbelief and pain over his untimely death. There is not a single soul connected to Graeme that has not benefitted from his goodwill, be it directly or indirectly.
It is rightfully stated that your life is a sum of your choices. With regards to Graeme Kiewitz, his choices are best summed up by a quote from a Nigerian-born American political scientist, Kalu Ndukwe Kalu:
“The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for other remain as your legacy”
Graeme was hugely involved in community and charitable work, including that of the Phillipi Children’s Centre and many others. He served his community with humility, diligence and kindness. His philanthropy and charitable work was imbued with his personal values, and the deep commitment to social justice, youth development and the wellbeing of others.
We here at the Phillipi Children’s Centre remember him for his personal warmth, calm demeanor and his dedication to charitable work. He was our pillar of strength and our guiding star, having contributed immensely to the growth and wellness of our Centre.
Our heartfelt condolences and prayers to his family, friends and colleagues.