In a glittering ceremony held at the Eldorado Park Secondary School on January 28, women from Eldorado Park were treated to an event which aimed to unite women in the community through motivational speeches and anecdotes from the hosts.
Natalie Abrahams, motivational speaker, life coach and ordained pastor and author inspired all present with an encouragement to women to be kind and supportive to each other. Abrahams reminded women that their dreams are within easy reach and said, “God did not create women for comfort, but for adversity.”
Ray Williams and Natalie Abrahams flanked by recipients of a coaching session.
“Your brain interprets fear as an instruction and this manifests itself in your life. If you do not alter your mindset, you cannot change your life.”
There were tears aplenty as women in the audience told of personal crises they have had to endure in a society where women still face an uphill battle in various spheres.
Deon Bloemstein, who emceed the event, focused on destructive relationships and urged women to know their worth by being selective about the relationships they invest their energies in.
Bloemstein said, “Life is about priorities and options. If you’re a priority, you will not allow yourself to be an option.” “Know your true value and refrain from being around people who make you feel like you’re hard to love.”
Abrahams urged the audience to support each other and to present a united front in the midst of discrimination against women which characterises South African society. Video footage and pictures of the event can be seen on our website at www.westside-eldos. co.za.
Ray Williams, from Tilulu Arts and Culture took to the podium, telling her story of abuse, being homeless and clinging to an unfulfi lling job while trying to raise her children. The women present gave testimonies of their own lives and the struggles they have had to overcome.