Torsten Henschel wins Centrum Guardian Project 2012

Torsten Henschel, Volunteer Rescue Swimmer for NSRI Wilderness Station 23, chosen as the winner of the Centrum® Guardian Project 2012

Torsten Henschel, Leadership Coach and Volunteer Rescue Swimmer for the NSRI Wilderness Station 23, has been voted as the winner of the Centrum® Guardian Project 2012. On the 15th of January 2012, Torsten responded to a potential drowning of a young boy. Due to the fierce power of the rip current, several rescue attempts had failed and Torsten knew he only had one chance to reach the boy. His focus and stamina drove him to brave the water and save the 15-year-old’s life. This is what led to him being nominated as one of the 16 semi-finalists in this year’s project.

The public voted for Torsten via SMS, the Centrum® Guardian Project website, mobisite and Facebook page. Total prize money and the proceeds from SMS votes amounting to R65 741.00 will be handed over to Torsten’s NRSI Wilderness Base Station. In addition, Torsten has decided to donate his personal prize money of R5 000 to the Base Station as well.

Torsten and the other 15 semi-finalists were all profiled on SABC 3 in a 13-week documentary drama series called Centrum® Guardians 2012, hosted by Ruda Landman, renowned television personality and journalist. Each semi-finalist’s story was recreated and then shown in the series to demonstrate to the viewers how much bravery, tenacity, strength and agility is required by Emergency Services members to perform their daily jobs.

The Centrum® Guardian Project is a social responsibility initiative that has been implemented for five consecutive years by Centrum®, the world’s number one multivitamin. It recognises and rewards the acts of courage and self-sacrifice that the people who operate in the Emergency Services industry demonstrate whenever they put their uniforms on and go to work each day.

2013 nominations are now open. For more information or to nominate someone or a team that deserves recognition, please visit

Prize Money:
o Each semi-finalist or semi-finalist team received R2 000
o Each finalist or finalist team received R4 000
o The winner (because it was an individual) received R5 000
o The winner’s base station received R55 000 (R30 000 from Centrum®, R20 000 from Enkosi Agency and R5 000 from Pack n Stack) plus proceeds from SMS votes which totalled R65 741.00
The winner will be announced on 9 October at the finale ceremony and 11 October 2012 on TV

Prizes for all the semi-finalists:
Six months supply of Centrum® for each person
Career Advancing Training for the 2012 semi-finalists has been sponsored by:
o Cape Winelands Training Academy
o Emer-G-Med
o Eskom
o Fire Raiders
o Fire Protection Association
o Institution of Fire Engineers
o International Medical Services (IMS) Training Division
o National Disaster Management
o Netcare 911 School of Emergency and Critical Care
o Rural Metro Emergency Management Services
o Sasol Secunda
o Scania
o Three Spears

The judging panel consisted of representatives from the following organisations:
SA Private Ambulance and Emergency Services Association (SAPAESA)
National Committee on Emergency Medical Services (NCEMS)
Southern African Emergency Services Institute (SAESI)
National Disaster Management
South African Petrochemical Fire Chiefs Committee
Institution of Fire Engineers (SA) (IFE)
National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI)
SA Red Cross Air Mercy Services
Pfizer Consumer Healthcare
Netcare 911

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