Conscious Companies Awards
Photo Credit: Dr Wilhelm Litchenberg/ Website

Dr Wilhelm Litchenberg, AKA ‘The Singing Surgeon’ is on an important mission both in the operating room and on stage. Recently, his foundation won first prize for their work at the Conscious Companies Awards!


Johannesburg, South Africa (21 September 2023)—There are all kinds of accolades in the world celebrating all kinds of success. However, relatively few honour what one person or organisation has achieved for others. Though they are few and far between, these celebrations do exist—like the African Conservation Awards and the Conscious Companies Awards—and matter because they remind us that success concerned with the benefit of others is just as applause-worthy as those traditional trophies on the mantelpiece.

This year, the Conscious Companies Awards’ NGO category saw two ‘celebrities’ in the NGO world come first and second. Ladles of Love, whose tireless feeding efforts across the country, scooped second place while Young Hearts Africa Foundation founded by singing surgeon Dr Willhelm Lichtenberg came first!

In honour of these powerful milestones, we thought we’d share a little more about these powerhouse NPOs and all the good they do as often as possible:

Meet the Conscious Companies Award Winners!

Young Hearts Africa

While Dr Wilhelm Litchenberg is a Cardiothoracic Surgeon by profession, he also doubles as a tenor talent who takes his life-saving efforts further than the operating room.

Through music, Dr Wilhelm Litchenberg’s helps raise funds for all-important heart surgeries for children across the continent—Young Hearts Africa.

Dr Litchenberg’s performances see ticket sales go to the initiative alongside other funding initiatives. His ultimate goal is to facilitate lifesaving heart surgery for 1000 additional patients a year over the next five 5 years.

Ladles of Love

Ladles of Love began when restauranteur Danny Diliberto decided to offer a homeless man something to eat. That one exchange would turn into millions, as Ladles of Love grew from a single soup kitchen in Cape Town to one of the biggest feeding schemes in South Africa.

Beyond world record-smashing with their feeding initiatives, they’ve channelled millions of sarmies into their NPO network, have helped people from all walks of life connect through food with their Dignity Kitchens and Feed the Soil Programme, support communities with produce, fundraise AND feed futures as well as tummies.

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Ashleigh's favourite stories have always seen the hidden hero (without the cape) come to the rescue. As a journalist, her labour of love is finding those everyday heroes and spotlighting their spark - especially those empowering women, social upliftment movers, sustainability shakers and creatives with hearts of gold. When she's not working on a story, she's dedicated to her canvas or appreciating Mother Nature.

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