On the 9th August we celebrate Women’s Day in South Africa. In honour of the 1956 march to petition against Pass Laws today I celebrate women who have made a difference in my life, those around them and the communities they love. Women who follow their passion every day and live life on their terms. I am inspired to do more and be more when I see the lives these women live. I hope this inspires you to live the life of your dreams.
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou
Thato Kgatlhanye founder of Rethaka Trading re-purposes school bags and adds a solar panel which charges during the day and transforms into a light for children who have to walk long distances to get to school. A safer alternative for doing homework where there might not be electricity once they get home. Made from 100 % plastic the idea was to increase visibility when walking to school and at the same time help the environment.
“Extremists have shown what frightens them most: A girl with a BOOK.” » Malala Yousafzai
Blaqpearl – Janine Van Rooy
A few years ago I was attending Verses (spoken word) at Zula Bar in Cape Town and was introduced to Blaqpearl. I became an instant fan when I went to watch Afrikaaps. A theater production which explores & reclaims the Afrikaans language through music . Janine a wife, mother, singer, poet, social activist, life skills facilitator, writer and entrepreneur tells her story through words that soothe your soul.
“The fastest way to change society is to mobilize the women of the world.” » Charles Malik
The Princess Project
The Princess project was founded by the late Helga Leurs and Erica Pienaar in 1996. Who had a vision of helping girls feel like princesses on their special night, spreading magic and help make memories that would last a lifetime. The princess project sponsors matriculants with dresses to attend their matric farewell and helps transform them into a princess for the night.
“There is nothing more rare or more beautiful than a women being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. That is the true essence of beauty.” – Steve Maraboli.
Ari’s Cancer Foundation was established in memory of Ariana “Ari” Jansen who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2008. Ari lived life to the fullest and her legacy raises funds for patients that need support.
This organisation was introduced to me through a work friend & colleague. As the only charity in Africa that focus on Adolescence & Young Adults (AYAs) who are fighting cancer. Ari’s Cancer foundation also raises funds for ‘The Youth Booth’ , now this got me really excited. The youth booth provides ‘a comfortable workspace and recreational area for young adults to relax and be entertained in while they are undergoing chemotherapy treatment’. Just by looking at The Youth Booth my mood lifts, imagine what it does for the mental well being of young adults undergoing treatment.
“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.”― Shannon L. Alder
Maria Mccloy is the creator of Maria McCloy Accessories. Inspired by African prints she has a range of clutch bags, shoes, neck pieces and accessories. A self-confessed accessories addict Maria has followed her passion and turned it into a lucrative business. Whenever I look at a Maria Mccloy clutch I can see her love and passion come through her pieces.
“Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It’s not about brands. It’s about something else that comes from within you.”-Ralph Lauren