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Vote for a Fordham-linked CNN public service “Hero”

Faculty Stories | Oct 09, 2012 |

CNN’s Heroes contest received 45,000 submissions this year, which have been narrowed down to just 10 finalists who have put their communities before themselves — one of whom has a Fordham connection.

If you want, you can help him win. If he does, he’ll receive a prize of $250,000.

His name is Thulani Madondo. He’s 30 years old, and he is the chairperson of the Kliptown Youth Programme in Soweto, a section of Johannesburg, South Africa, that was a township under apartheid. Mr. Madondo’s program provides food, after-school activities and educational programs to 400 children in this impoverished area, and it has helped 18 young people from Soweto to take their education beyond the secondary level.

How is Mr. Madondo linked to Fordham? Through Ilhan Akbil, Fordham GBA’s associate dean for enrollment, development and admissions.

Dean Akbil would like to encourage all Fordham business students to join in voting for Mr. Madondo, who has already won $50,000 for reaching CNN’s top 10 but stands to do much more for his Soweto community if he wins the top award. You can find out more about CNN Heroes and vote here.


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