Nisha Varghese, a young South African with cerebral palsy, has just been awarded as "Hero of the Year".
Photo Cred: Nisha Varghese

Nisha Varghese, a young South African with cerebral palsy, has just been honoured with a “Hero of the Year” award for all the good work she does in her community.


East London, South Africa (26 February 2021) – Nisha Varghese, a 30-year-old from East London with cerebral palsy, has been recognised as the Daily Dispatch local “Hero of the Year” for 2020 for all the work she does to make people’s lives better.

The award was sponsored by Johnson & Johnson and SPAR.

“Cerebral palsy is a neurological condition that affects speech and movement. Because I have cerebral palsy, I can’t walk, and my speech is sometimes difficult to understand. Some people think cerebral palsy affects everybody the same way when, in fact, it affects people to varying degrees depending on how badly the brain was damaged during the injury.”

The passionate South African has been featured on Good Things Guy a number of times for all the amazing work she continues to do for charities, and this time even Professor Thuli Madonsela is celebrating her award.

“Congratulations Nisha, you’re worth it for the acts of making a difference you undertake daily.” – Prof Thuli Madonsela.

On top of all the good work Nisha does, she also recently published her first book called “Different is Cool”.

“Different is Cool” is a children’s book based on the life of Varghese, who, despite having Cerebral Palsy and being in a wheelchair, learns to celebrate her difference and even becomes a humanitarian. The book is a stand-up and cheer kind of story guaranteed to inspire the young and old.

We love everything that this incredible South African continues to do, despite being differently-abled!

If you would like to get your hands on her new book, just click here.

Nisha Varghese, a young South African with cerebral palsy, has just been awarded as "Hero of the Year".
Photo Cred: Nisha Varghese

Sources: Nisha Varghese
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