Spotlight on fund-raising specialist

2015-11-24 06:00
GreenABLE PRO, Jennifer Higgs Photo: supplied

GreenABLE PRO, Jennifer Higgs Photo: supplied

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GREENABLE’S public relations and fund-raising specialist, Jennifer Higgs (48), says working for this NPO has allowed her to follow her passion and assist it to uphold its core function and purpose.

“I’ve been with the organisation for just over two years and have thoroughly enjoyed my journey thus far. I am a positive and enthusiastic individual who enjoys spending time with my family, friends, giving back to the community as well as identifying opportunities and skills that will empower and uplift people’s lives.”

She said working within an NGO allows her to see the tangible results of her hard work and how much of an impact it makes in other people’s lives.

“GreenABLE is a unique organisation which offers disabled unemployed individuals a chance to grow, up-skill and work towards being productive citizens either in a company or in their own business. This is incredibly exciting for me as one of my passions is entrepreneurship.”

The mother of three boys was born in Zambia, but now lives in Westville and has a close-knit family.

“We moved to South Africa when I was three. We lived in Westville for a couple of years until my father got transferred to Zululand and that is where I completed my schooling.

“I have amazing parents and my family are very close, they are my safe harbour when life gets tough. While growing up I was more of a tomboy and enjoyed the outdoors. I spent as much time as I could horse riding. I also love animals and was fortunate enough to have parents and a grandmother who would allow me to collect animals. My fondest ‘pets’ were four ducks.”

Higgs enrolled in a clothing production and management diploma at the Durban University of Technology, but realised in her second year that it was not for her. In 2011 she completed a business management development programme at the UKZN Graduate School of Business.

“However, on my list of things to do - and one of my goals I set for myself - is to complete a degree.

“After my youngest son was born I decided to open up my own business called Accredited Candidates. The aim of my company was to assist candidates by equipping them with skills needed for their career and teach them skills that would assist them to enter the job market.

“I got involved with the NGO sector firstly by working with orphaned and vulnerable children. I have also had the privilege of consulting on some amazing organisations.”

“We are not given a good life or a bad life, we are given a life and it is up to us to make good or bad decisions and use our days wisely.” - Supplied.

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