Foundation conference inspires

2015-08-18 06:00
Photo: Des Swan Photography
At the conference (from left) Candace van Wyk (DisChem), Dr Gcina Mhlophe, Cindy Norcott and Jolene Joseph, aka Jjo (singer and entertainer.

Photo: Des Swan Photography At the conference (from left) Candace van Wyk (DisChem), Dr Gcina Mhlophe, Cindy Norcott and Jolene Joseph, aka Jjo (singer and entertainer.

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A DREAM was realised for the Robin Hood Foundation and 1 200 delegates who attended the “Future Women of Africa” conference at CityHill Church in Hillcrest in the build-up to Women’s Month. The conference was organised by the foundation as part of its 10th anniversary of serving communities in need. The aim of the free, two-day conference was to educate, inspire, empower and ignite excitement in women who wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to attend a conference like this.

The conference had a line-up of well-known speakers, entertainers, activations and demonstrations. Speakers included business woman and founder of the Robin Hood Foundation, Cindy Norcott, story teller and motivational speaker, Gcina Mhlope, life coach, Jackie Houston, stylists Fay and Megan Coleman, Sister Nadene Olley and financial coach, Mariane Vorster, to name but a few. The presenters donated time and expertise and the topics included self-esteem, goal-setting, hygiene, grooming, CV- writing, entrepreneurship, business-idea generation and communication skills.

Delegates were also treated to a health and beauty exhibition by DisChem during which blood pressure and glucose testing was conducted. PailPac donated a bucket for each guest while the founder of Wonderbag, Sarah Collins, not only addressed the ladies, but gave them each a free Wonderbag to enable them to prepare meals without electricity. The conference goodie bags were filled with magazines, toiletries and personal hygiene products, valued at over R1 000 each.

This is what two of the delegates had to say. “Thank you so much for the conference, it was the fertiliser I needed to continue to pursue my desires and it was the perfect dose of adrenalin to make me take action towards what I aspire to do. Iand#039;m eternally grateful to the Foundation,’’ Wozani S. Mkhize.

“I take this opportunity to thank Robinhood for organising such a powerful conference over the past two days. I have always looked down upon myself, but after the conference I felt much strength and motivation rising from within me. Iand#039;m a changed, powerful and an awesome woman. May the Lord God give you more resources to help more people,’’ Noncy Ochele.

For more information on, and photos from the conference, visit the Robin Hood Foundation’s Facebook page.

The foundation’s next big projects, to end off an incredible 10-year anniversary celebration, is carnival day at Ethembeni School for the Disabled in September. Then its “Bless a Granny” campaign in November and December. For more information, email Kim Griffith Jones at robinhoodfund @telkomsa.net or phone 076 612 9060. - Supplied

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