Bags full of caring

VANDERBIJLPARK. – The “16 Days of Activism” campaign is an annual, worldwide effort that symbolically joins the International Day for the elimination of violence against Women (on 25 November) to Human Rights Day (10 December). This period is dedicated to raise awareness of, and ending violence against women and children (VAWC).

The Ward 5 Committee in Vanderbijlpark, a number of community organizations and local business owners decided to start a project to put a smile on the faces of women in need and women who have been victims of abuse. This is an a-political project. It is not a project for particular groupings, but a call for support from the Emfuleni Community, because it deals with our integrity, the respect of women, the dignity of women in our society – also for them to regain their self-confidence.

The organizers of the project aim to collect at least 100 handbags filled with toiletries and other goodies. These handbags will then be distributed at shelters, old age homes and trauma centres during the last week of November.

“Most women like handbags and I am sure a lot of women who reads this have at least one or more handbags stacked away in their cupboards that they have grown tired of and will never use again. Remember that bag that you just had to have but later realized is not as pretty as you first thought? Sounds familiar? If you are one of those women we call on you to help by simply donating all your unused bags,” says Mrs Retha Nothnagel, a member of the Ward 5 Committee.

Although optional, the handbags can be filled with toiletries and other goodies that women like. Such handbags can be delivered at the following participating organizations or venues.

* Stonehaven-on-Vaal

* Rotary

* El Paso Spur in the CBD and Silverado Spur in SW5

* Riverview Spar in SE3

* I-Water at the Palms shopping mall and Perfect Centre (Small Pick & Pay)

* Driehoek Church in Stuttaford Street SE2

“Please support us! Your can be assured that your donation will go to a good cause,” says Phillip Nothnagel, Chairperson of the Ward 5 Committee. For more information, please call 082 903 7822.

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