Abigail Knox

Leader, Green Police, University of Cape Town

Abigail Knox might only be 23, but she's been through more than most young people her age. But the biggest challenge she faced was her mother's confinement to a wheelchair after her father's death in 1995. Instead of focusing her energy on selfpity, Knox decided to help others wherever she can. In December 2008, she used an inheritance she received to assist five Zimbabwean families with food, building materials and machinery to help them build new lives for themselves. In between her undergraduate and post-graduate degree, Knox spent seven months volunteering at Makaphutu Children's Village in the Valley of a Thousand Hills in KwaZulu-Natal. She is the leader of the Green Police, a green campus initiative at the University of Cape Town, where she assists in creating awareness on climate change, recycling and sustainability. � Jane Steinacker

Lunch spot: Starlings, Rondebosch, Cape Town