A child can ask questions that a wise man cannot answer
- Anonymous

Event details

12 August 2016

08:30 - 16:30


The Sistahood and MissWrite

Strength in Unity

"You become what you believe" - Oprah Winfrey

On Saturday the 13 August, in keeping with Women's Day, we hosted a Fun Day that strived to encourage and empower the young girls and women of The Sistahood in Hout Bay as well as the young ladies from Miss Write in Etafeni. The aim of the day was to create a space about dreaming big and believing that those dreams can be achieved!

Even though the morning started off with some clouds and rain, it blossomed into a beautiful sunny day to match the wonderful smiles of our beneficiaries! First up was an awesome hip hop dance off with the vibrant Corinna Cuff. She challenged the girls to explore their bodies through movement and it was an awesome display of energy and confidence! Even our volunteers got into the groove and showed us how it's done! Afterwards, Tanya Stewart stepped in to save the day and provide a relaxing yoga class after our self-defence workshop was cancelled. But, as it turns out, our volunteers and Activity Leaders have many tricks up their sleeve and they provided an impromptu self-defence class for everyone - thank you to Leesa, Ayesha and Yusuf for passing on your butt-kicking knowledge!

Once everyone had tried out all their moves, it was time to engage our hearts and minds and think about what the future has to offer. Malepo from the Red Cross Children's Hospital facilitated an informative and empowering discussion around sexuality and the true power of saying no. Lilitha and Sibongile from Miss Write then followed up with powerful poems they had written about what it means to be a "Strong Woman" - inspirational!

So with any busy and active morning, stomachs started to grumble and it was time to take a break and recharge at Santa Ana Spur in the V&A Waterfront. As always, we were treated to delicious food by the team and it refueled us all to take on our next exciting adventure - indoor rock climbing!

So, back on board the Golden Arrow bus, we headed to HangTime in Pinelands to put our muscles and minds to the test and overcome our fears. In no time, there were screams of joy and terror (but mostly joy for being able to reach the top)! Thank you to Gareth and his team for inviting us into the space and providing an opportunity for a completely new and unique experience.

Overall, it was an amazing day filled with incredible young ladies and volunteers alike. Together we explored the many ways of being a strong women and keeping your head held high in the face of adversity.Thank you to our sponsors who make these days possible: HCI Foundation, The Spur Foundation, National Lotteries Commission and Truworths.

A very BIG thank you to Joshua Botha for capturing the day for us!

Pictures from the day