Cape Town -
Ina Perlman, humanitarian and founder of non-profit organisation Operation Hunger, died on Thursday morning after a brief illness at the age of 86, her family said in a statement.
“Throughout her life Ina was a passionate and stubborn fighter for social justice. She believed strongly that lots of small changes would eventually bring about major shifts, and even in apartheid’s darkest days she was never discouraged, and seldom dismayed.”
Her family said she had the following quote on her wall by US activist Norman Thomas, which read: “My life has not been spent in serving lost causes. My life has been spent in serving causes not yet won.”
They said that in this spirit she put everything into her work, whether it was at Operation Hunger or in community projects in Nature’s Valley in the southern Cape, where she spent her last years. She always said she was greatly enriched in return.