An extraordinary impact

2011-08-09 11:28

Freedom Park has invited South Africans to participate in a special project honouring ordinary women, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, wives, women in the community or care givers who deserve a special “thank you”.

Members of the public can bring photos and other written mementos dedicated to such women to attach to a massive canvas, which will ultimately form part of Freedom Park’s museum exhibits.

“In the lives of ordinary people like you and me, ordinary women continue to make extraordinary contributions every day.

We all know at least one of them,” said Freedom Park acting CEO Peggie Photolo.

“A mother who worked two jobs to ensure your education. A grandmother who instilled in you the values that made you succeed. A caregiver or healthcare worker who provided for your physical or emotional needs.

“A religious mentor who nurtured you spiritually. An aunt who listened as you shared your dreams – and then watched you achieve them. A best friend who believed in you.”

Although these women’s contributions might perhaps never be celebrated in the limelight, she said, they are the fabric of the nation.

Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Impact, the name of the canvas project, is an opportunity to tell the world about them, to honour their contribution, sacrifice and beauty.

“These women are our legacy. Their stories need to be told.”

The last contributions to the canvas will be taken at 3pm today.

Entrance for all women is free.

People who cannot visit the park themselves can send pictures and stories to ilse@freedompark.co.za or PO Box 2710, Pretoria, 0001 (for attention: Ilse Posselt) to ensure inclusion in the exhibition.

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