All-star shero line-up for women's day charity dinner at the mall

2009-07-27 00:00

THE Liberty Midlands Mall/The Witness Ingrid Roberts Women’s Day event, which takes place at the mall on Saturday, August 8, is not just about the glitz and glamour, although superstar Leeanda Reddy, (Priya in Isidingo and co-star in Leon Schuster’s Mr Bones) brings plenty of the celebrity sparkle.

The hostess of the event, Ingrid Roberts, is providing a platform for local “sheroes”— women who have excelled or overcome enormous difficulties — and this show will be no exception.

The “shero” line-up includes Yvonne Spain, a Pietermaritzburg businesswoman and the former director of the Children in Distress Network.

Spain, who has campaigned tirelessly for children’s rights, recently became involved in yet another child-focused project, Thokomala Nathi (a place that is warm, welcoming and comforting), which aims to reduce the negative impact of hospitalisation on children and their families by, among other things, creating child-friendly environments in public sector health facilities.

She will be joined on stage by Sister Abegail Ntleko, who co-directs the Khuphuka Project based in Underberg. After working as a nurse, Ntleko founded and leads an orphanage of about 80 children called Clouds of Hope Children’s Care Centre. She recently received an Unsung Heroes of Compassion Award from the Dalai Lama.

The August 8 event offers guests the unique opportunity to find out what makes these women tick — and, of course, to meet the stars. Surprises galore are in store for guests.

Booking is essential. Tickets can be reserved by contacting Gail at 082 445 2577 or e-mailing her on

The event takes place at the Edgars Court at 7 pm. There is a three-course dinner and secure underground parking.

The charity to benefit is Reach Out, a children’s project in the France area of Pietermaritzburg.


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