RFHA Inc Awards

Jerry's Hero Award

RFHA Founder, Marion Bunch and son Jerry

RFHA Inc Director, Sandra McKersey, received the highly recognized Jerry's Hero Award for 2019. The Jerry's Hero Award was created in honor of Jerry Schute, son of RFHA Founder Marion Bunch. Given annually to an individual or organisation who has contributed hugely to the fight against HIV/AIDS and other diseases.  Previous recipients include RI Media Broadcasting Team, The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, SA Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, Rotary Family Health Day Architect PDG Stephen Mwanje (Uganda) and including numerous Rotarians and past RFHA Board Members This year being recognized was Sandra McKersey, who has been a significant influencer in the Rotary Family Health Days campaign and the strategic planning for the international growth. At RFHA Inc we are proud to have her serve as our new Chairman. 

Jerry's Hero Award Recipients

Recipients of the RFHA Inc Jerry's Hero Award include:

2007:               Barry Smith, Georgia/USA  (RFHA’s first Board Chair)
2008:               John Glassford, Australia
2009:               Eric Krystal, Kenya
2010:               Gerald Robinson, Texas/USA
2011:               Stephen Mwanje, Uganda
2012:               Fred Loneragan, Australia
2013:               Austin Bunch, Georgia/USA
2014:               Sue Paget, South Africa
2016:               Sandra Thurman, and retiring Board Members Olugbemiga Olowu, Peter Kyle, Joan Firkins
2017:               Wisdom M. USA
2019:               Sandra McKersey, New Zealand


The requirements for this award are for every person to either be a Rotarian (or an advisor on HIV/AIDS to RFHA) that has depicted exemplary leadership and service in the HIV/AIDS world.

Partner of the Year Awards

Recipients of the RFHA Inc Partner of the Year include:

2010                HOPE worldwide (for outstanding work in the ANCHOR program)

2011                The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation

2012                Centers for Disease Control, Division of Global HIV/AIDS, Dr. Deborah Birx

2013                South African Department of Health, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi

2014                Rotary International Broadcast Media and P.R. Team

To learn more about the history of RFHA Inc and our Founder Marion Bunch, please go to our History and take time to watch the video documentary shared with you there!