An intimate Women’s Day celebration

2019-08-20 06:00
Ellen Pakkies from Lavender Hill gave a motivational speech during her address the Women’s Day celebration.

Ellen Pakkies from Lavender Hill gave a motivational speech during her address the Women’s Day celebration.

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Young and old were inspired at a Women’s Day celebration held at Shawco Hall in Kensington on Saturday 10 August.

About 300 people, mostly women, listened and engaged with various speakers who shared a stage on the day. The theme of the event was “You Matter”.

It aimed to educate and empower women, reminding them that they are important.

Speakers were counsellor Mercia Marsh from Families for South Africa (Famsa), local fashion designer Sue-Beatrice du Plessis, attorney Colleen Bailey, motivational speaker Ellen Pakkies and Sergeant Angeline Grill, spokesperson for Kensington police station. Du Plessis spoke of how she started her business through her dark times and encouraged women to never give up on their dreams. “Always believe in yourself,” she says.

Pakkies opened up about her life beyond the television screens, saying she grew up neglected and abused but managed to pull through in life.

Guests were also told about the importance of seeking help during difficult times and making use of police and the judicial systems available to them.

The event became intimate, with some women relating to the shared stories.

“It was very inspiring and informative. The audience and guest speakers became emotional,” says event planner Chantal Philander.

She thanked everyone who supported and sponsored the event. Sponsors included Shoprite Maitland, Something Nice Bakery, councillor for ward 56 Helen Jacobs and New Life Assembly Church.

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