Pamper party was great success

2018-03-08 06:00
Beauty Behind Bars team members with some of the people who came in support of this worthy initiative. PHOTOS: Bulumko Gana

Beauty Behind Bars team members with some of the people who came in support of this worthy initiative. PHOTOS: Bulumko Gana

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Hopkins Street in Parow was abuzz on Saturday, what with the organisers of the Pamper Party making everyone feeling good, waiting for their chance to get special attention.

The do was courtesy of Beauty Behind Bars, whose main focus is giving women hope and a positive outlook on life.

The organisation hosts moral boosting activities for women who are in prison, old age homes, rehabilitation facilities, mental hospitals, shelters, including HIV sufferers and those living with tuberculosis.

According to founder Cleo Jacobs, Saturday’s event was held to raise funds for the organisation.

Those who were on the receiving hand of the pampering fingers were asked tp donate only a R100.00 towards the service, which included neck and shoulder massages, foot baths and the ultimate in glamour; make-up.

“This event is the first of many as we are planning to organise these fund-raising parties once every two months.

Funding and support from other organisations has remained the biggest challenge since we started out two years ago ... We have decided to invite people to donate for something in return,” said Jacobs.

Jacobs added that the pamperers were volunteers, from the masseurs, make-up artists and even health product retailers.

“Volunteers are very integral to our organisation and we have more than 50 people who come and help us repeatedly,” she said.

Beauty Behind Bars was founded by Jacobs in 2016 after she had a dream to visit women ‘behind bars’, who are either imprisoned, in protective shelters, inmates at old age homes and those seemingly imprisoned in their own homes, or those rejected by society.

She says the impact of her programme on women makes it worthy despite their struggles for funds.

“When you see the change in perspective of a person who had already given up(on life), or neglected, is a wonderful(feeling). To give them confidence and making sure they have something to look forward to. That is our goal as an organisation,” said Jacobs.

Lihle Benxa, from Khayelitsha, said she was happy to have been at the receiving end of the pampering.

“It was a fun-filled event and I was amazed to see such a good turn out,” said Benxa.

She said she was glad all this was for a good cause.

“We need more volunteers and sponsors to make a bigger impact with our work,” concluded Jacobs.

For more information contact Jacobs on 0837693314.


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