Theron's legacy comes to life

30 June 2009 | Story by Newsroom

Barkhuizen congratulated by Des FernandesCongrats: Liebers Theron Prize winner Reese Barkhuizen is congratulated by Des Fernandes.

The late Olive Theron's spirit was kept alive when Des Fernandes, through the Ultimate Wellness Trust, presented third-year performance piano student Reese Barkhuizen with an award in her honour. The R20 000 Olive Liebers Theron Prize is awarded to a "meritorious pianist", as Fernandes put it, to ensure that financial reasons don't interfere with their progress to the stage. Fernandes, a former UCT staffer who worked as a plastic surgeon at Groote Schuur Hospital, planned to set up a bursary with Theron, but this never materialised until she passed away last year. He took up the initiative in her honour and the accolade will be awarded annually. Theron was a talented pianist who won a bursary to study in London but was unable to pursue her dream when World War 2 broke out.

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