Strong women receive awards

WELL DONE: The women who received a Strong Woman of the South award.

THE Strong Women of the South awards were held for the third year running and were hosted at Turn ‘n Tender in Bassonia this year.

Organised by Mondeor SAPS with assistance from Ward 23 councillor Sarah Wissler, the awards event recognised women of the South for their hard work and those who give of their time and help in the community.

Michelle Pelser (Mondeor CPF) welcomed everyone saying how wonderful it was to see all the faces at the special occasion. She invited Sgt Ntsieni Dambudzo to say a few words. “I feel very honoured and privileged to stand before you here today because you are special. God created many things and he created women to show his skill,” he said. He welcomed Clr Wissler who said she was thrilled to be there. She thanked the dignitaries and strong women for sharing the special awards event and explained what constitutes a strong woman. “Being a strong independent woman, wife and mother is difficult and women here are pillars of strength in our community. My journey hasn’t been an easy one. I moved from being an abused child to an abused wife. Hence, I’ve grown passionate about assisting other women in their journey. I recognise many of you here. You are all here for a reason, whether it’s fighting for animals, the welfare of seniors or for being a special someone within our community. Of course we must not forget all our wonderful Mondeor SAPS members,” Sarah said. She added that all SAPS women would be receiving an Aura Thai Spa gift voucher from Paulo Calisto.

GIVING THANKS: Lt Col Janet Madaray, Sewela Seabi, Michelle Pelser, Sgt Ntsieni Dambudzo, Sarah Wissler and Capt Delia Marcovich.

One of the guest speakers, Sewela Seabi from Old Mutual, began her talk with, “Behind every successful man is a woman. I say behind every successful partner is another partner. I stand here today knowing I have self-confidence and believe in myself. You must all stand tall and be comfortable in your own skin. Happiness is about choice and I choose to be happy. It doesn’t matter how my body looks and has nothing to do with anyone else. Get up every day, put on beautiful clothes and make-up and wear perfume. All of this will help you feel confident and beautiful.”

Lt col Janet Madaray spoke to the women and said, “This event began three years ago when a man wanted to honour you all here for your hard work. This man is col JJ Bezuidenhoudt, who apologises for not being here today. Remember all of you here are special and the certificates you are about to receive are certificates of gratitude for the difference you have made in the lives of the community of the South. Thank you all once again for being here.”

Michelle Vincent, guest and motivational speaker, said women take on far more than they can chew. “We are the provider, the wife, the mother, the friend, and it’s quite exhausting. Being a strong woman is about knowing your worth. Being a woman means we must look after each other and we must value ourselves. It’s about being number one. Try and take a half hour each day to relax, and do something you want to do. Learn to begin to say ‘no’. Set boundaries in your life – stop playing games and say what you mean. We all need ‘alone time’ so take it. Take a break, build up your self-esteem and begin doing things for yourself. What makes us strong is being vulnerable. Don’t be afraid to love and learn more about who you are. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to stand before you. Today I’m asking you to become stronger women. Do more, become more and you’ll become a good leader,” Michelle said.

CONGRATULATIONS: Receiving their awards.

The award certificates were handed out and prayers were said before lunch was served. “I’d like to thank Dimitri Papadakis, co-owner of Turn ’n Tender for sponsoring this wonderful lunch. Thank you to Southgate Shopping Centre for the gift each woman here received,” added Sarah.

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