Resident up for women’s award

2015-08-18 06:00
Claire van Zyl, Dawn Corin, Lakeside resident and Casual Day ambassador Lois Strachan, Fatima Martin and Casual Day ambassador Jabulile Ngweny.

Claire van Zyl, Dawn Corin, Lakeside resident and Casual Day ambassador Lois Strachan, Fatima Martin and Casual Day ambassador Jabulile Ngweny.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

It’s the month for honouring the achievements of women, including women with disabilities.

Lakeside resident and Casual Day ambassador Lois Strachan has been selected as one of the women with disabilities to be honoured at the Tributes Excellence Awards event at the end of August.

She will receive the Tributes statuette in the Literature/Education category, says Musa Zulu, creative director of Valhalla Arts, the organiser of the national awards.

Lois is a well-known personality on the speaking circuit and has written a series of children’s books on the adventures of Missy Mouse, a blind mouse who uses her other senses to engage with the world around her.

Lois became blind at the age of 21 as a result of childhood-onset diabetes. She used her love of music to help her cope with her blindness and is now an inspirational speaker, workshop facilitator and author.

“When I became blind I realised I had a choice – I could go home and give up, be angry and depressed for the rest of my life, or I could go out there and see what life still had to offer me as a blind person,” she says.

Lois uses her personal story to help audiences regard their lives and their challenges in a slightly different way, and to show them they can use their strengths to guide them to success.

Passionate about raising awareness of the capabilities of persons living with disabilities, Lois aims to demonstrate to organisations that employing someone who is differently-abled need not be costly or difficult.

Her role as a Casual Day ambassador involves raising awareness of persons with disabilities and how the funds raised by Casual Day changes lives.


Casual Day is on Friday 4 September. Buy your stickers at Edgars, Jet, JetMart, Boardmans, CNA, Red Square, Legit, Game, DionWired, Shoprite and Checkers

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.