Lilian Mallet, a 100-year-old from Boksburg, Gauteng, has supported the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) for decades. Her late husband, Paul, served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War and later became a supporter of the NSRI. Lilian continued supporting the NSRI after Paul’s death in 2005, participating in the annual car competition in memory of her husband.
On this occasion, Lilian’s loyalty has paid off. She won not one but two brand-new Mitsubishi cars in the competition. Her daughter Wendy accepted the prize on her behalf and described Lilian’s reaction to winning as “a sight to behold.” First, she yelled out loud and lifted her hands in disbelief, which soon gave way to total joy and amazement.
Lilian is cheerful, with a great sense of humor and a happy disposition. She still lives independently in a small retirement village flat and prepares simple meals. Her daughter, Wendy, helps her with meals and other support to allow her to continue living her independent life.
Wendy is thrilled to have been able to accept the prize on her mother’s behalf. She thanked the NSRI for their selfless service, with volunteers who risked their lives to rescue others. Wendy praised the NSRI’s preventative measures, including teaching children to swim to avoid drowning. She said that everyone at the NSRI, from the admin to the rescuers, seems to be just one big family, conscious of the needs of others and providing selfless service to the public. “They are knights in shining armor!” Wendy exclaimed.
The NSRI congratulated Lilian and Wendy and wished them much joy with their prize. It’s heartwarming to see a dedicated supporter like Lilian, who has been donating to the NSRI for years, win such a fantastic prize. The NSRI is a worthy cause, and it’s inspiring to see people like Lilian supporting them.