Ladles of Love founder Danny Diliberto has been named Humanitarian of the Year at the 2020 GQ Awards in honour of his hard work and dedication to feeding those in need.

The GQ Men of the Year Awards recognises men and women who shape our cultural landscape – those men and women who are wise, inspiring and the most talented people of the year.

This is the brand’s second GQ Men of the Year awards event held in South Africa and on the African continent. The event was hosted on Saturday, December 12 at Hotel Sky in Sandton by Expresso Morning Show Presenter, Thabiso Makhubela.

Diliberto won Humanitarian of the Year for his organisation Ladles of Love, Cape Town’s favourite and largest soup kitchen.

Ladles of Love first opened in 2014 with a small team of volunteers feeding 70 meals, and has since grown into a massive weekly operation serving over 200 meals each time. To date, they have served over 9 654 158 meals to the homeless.

“A few days ago I received an email from Molife the Chief Editor of GQ South Africa in partnership with Lexus South Africa, Hennessy, and BOSS. He informed me that I had been nominated for the 2020 GQ Humanitarian Man of the Year award,” Diliberto wrote on Facebook.

“At first, I got so excited and felt honored that I had been nominated, but I also felt a huge sense of gratitude. I realized that all this couldn’t have been possible without the support of my team and all of you out there that have chosen to be our Love Activists.

“I stood there on Saturday evening receiving my beautiful glass trophy and realized that we are all Humanitarians of the Year. Together we’ve been able to distribute over ONE MILLION kilograms of food to all those that would have probably starved without it.

“To my team and to all of you out there………You are the true heroes and I salute you”

As the founder of Ladles of Love, I would like to take this time to thank you all for supporting our beautiful…

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Other winners on the evening include Master KG, who took home the award for Musician of the Year, and Bonang Matheba who won Woman of the Year.

The Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to South African businessman and founder of Kaizer Chiefs, Kaizer Motaung. The award recognises an individual who has made a significant contribution to South African sport over the last 50 years and who continues to be dedicated to the progression of the industry.

Other winners include:

– Entertainer of the Year: Elsa Majimbo

– Man of Today: Kabelo Mabalane

– Man of Today: Peteni Kuzwayo

– Editor’s Award: Dr Esther Mahlangu

– Designer of the Year: Thebe Magugu

– Innovator of the Year: Ahren Posthumus

– Activist of the Year: The ManKind Project

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Picture: Facebook / Ladles of Love

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