Thanking Douglas Murray staff

2016-09-06 06:00
Douglas Murray employees were treated to a breakfast at Spur for the hard work they put in to help senior citizens.

Douglas Murray employees were treated to a breakfast at Spur for the hard work they put in to help senior citizens.

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Employees at the Douglas Murray Old Age Home in Retreat were pampered for their selfless service to the elderly during women’s month.

The employees, who work tirelessly to look after the elderly, enjoyed a breakfast at Spur in Plumstead. The event was organised by Women Taking Action.

The celebration stemmed from the collective efforts of ordinary women whose actions in 1956 yielded extraordinary results for all women. In a protest march against the extension of pass laws to women on that day, the women’s determination to be heard vibrated through the country as a silent reminder of the unwavering strength of women, a giant leap in the fight towards gender equality in South Africa.

Since then significant strides have been made in empowering women on the political, public and educational front, but poverty severely compromises the progress of women by chipping away at their will to empower themselves.

“We will forever remember the courage of those great women of yesterday, but today we want that to serve as a reminder of the spectacular things that women are capable of achieving if we take a chance in life and don’t allow fear to hold us back”, says Shirly Paulse, chairperson and founder of Women Taking Action.

The Douglas Murray women were left in disbelief at the realisation that the invitation to breakfast included more than just a plate of food, but also clothing, scarves, costume jewellery and hair products gifted by Women Taking Action.

One woman explained that she had not bought herself new clothing in a while and was really surprised that the black dress that she had received was the perfect size, while another woman explained that the skirt she had received would be perfect to wear to church.

The women, all employed by Douglas Murray for many years, were overwhelmed with Women Taking Action’s generosity and commitment to the upliftment of women in marginalized communities.

“All the staff of Douglas Murray have been with the company for a very long time and we are like a family. Some are carers, cleaners, nurses and cooks and I am happy that Women Taking Action has done this to make everyone know that they are special and that their work is valued,” says Esmé Fortuin, who is in charge of the fundraising at Douglas Murray.

Throughout the morning guests shared their stories of life on the Cape Flats as mothers and wives living in a society where women are often called upon to be both mother and bread winners in the family, reminding one of the great strengths to be found within every woman.

“Far too often it is forgotten that women are being called upon to play a pivotal role in dictating the course of history by being the gatekeepers of future generations and they should be mindful of that huge honour placed upon them,” says Stacey Delport, the secretary of Women Taking Action.

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