Hlengiwe Mfeka inspired at the Woman’s Day ‘Dare to be Red’ breakfast in Pietermaritzburg

SchoolNet’s Hlengiwe Mfeka had the opportunity to attend a
Women’s  Breakfast at the Golden Horse
Casino in Pietermaritzburg last week.   
It was a charity fund-raising event organised by the Community Chest and
proved to be an inspiring morning.

It started with a fun five minute body workout in the form
of a dance led by one lady while the audience followed her movements.  She gave a brief talk on the importance of
moving every day.  She made one statement
which was memorable, “If you are judgmental to yourself so will people be
towards you”.

She was followed by another guest speaker, Thabisile Ndlela
who is a manager from Mkhambithini Municipality.   She took the delegates through her life’s
journey and highlighted some of her lessons learnt from it:

1.      
Put confidence in other women (someone did that
to her)

2.      
Take one girl child and mentor ie. will change
communities

3.      
Mobilize other women

4.      
Give another person a space to shine (she sang
praises to Nomsa Dube-Ncube for doing that to her)

5.      
Assist where you can to fight poverty

6.      
Uplift each other

7.      
Find someone who would speak to your life
everyday (eg. via YouTube)

8.      
You must have a mentor and a mentee

Hlengiwe liked this speaker the most –because she was such a
powerful speaker with a strong message. 

She was followed by another speaker called Nash, who spoke
from the heart and had a similar list of lessons learnt from life:

1.      
be a pillar of strength for another person

2.      
make others feel good about themselves

3.      
empower yourself

4.      
involve yourself in humanitarian work – give
back

5.      
kind words are a charity on its own

and this humorous one:

6.      
Behind every successful man  – there is a surprised mother in law J

These inspiring feel-good talks were followed by music and
dance entertainment.  There were then prize
draws and fundraising items. Hlengiwe’s take-away from the whole event was that
in doing something for another person one finds joy and contentment in oneself.

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