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.

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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

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