Sue Davidson – Umhlanga Women Achievers President 2021.

Dearest UWA Sisterhood Ladies

The purpose of this communication is twofold.

Firstly, to tip my hat in honour of my committee members and all our UWA Sisterhood who have gone out of their way to make my life as President just that much easier. For UWA to function properly really does need a whole committee. If for any reason the chain of support is broken it compromises the outcome of all our projects. It has been an incredibly difficult year for everyone – what with COVID, protests, retrenchments, unemployment, homeschooling, hunger, and money issues affecting our very own members.


It has been such an honour and a privilege during this time to rub shoulders with the women in this sisterhood. Ladies who were able to knuckle down when all odds were against us. Ladies our beanie challenge was fantastic – we said can we do 1000 in a month – and we got 1662 – we also got blankets, jerseys, and more.


Then we asked for 2nd hand clothes, and they just kept coming. We were doing deliveries every week to Open Door. Thanks to Bev, Robyn, and Helene we had a raffle at Granny Griffs – we made R4000 for Reach for Recovery – our recent raffle we made R1000 for St Martins Home. A huge thank you to Tracey Kloekie from Hearts & Hands for a very successful feeding scheme – we were able with their help to feed +/- 2500 people.


We were able to give Durban SPCA R3000 through the course of this year. We were also able to get 25 school backpacks for Ntuzuma School run by Bishop Raphael after their classroom was burnt during the protests. Our last breakfast we collected Christmas gifts for children in the Malvern Home.


For fear I am omitting any other donations, I would like to sincerely thank all those who actively helped in the collections and distributions of the above-donated goods. It must of course be remembered that all of this happened amidst a series of Covid/lockdowns etc as I said before. I would like to thank Esther who on numerous occasions guided me in my presidency wherever I became a little lost. Understanding the workings of such a complex undertaking can be a little daunting.

A total “hats off” to our founding member Helene Griffiths. Helene, you have supported me in all the decisions I have made, guided me when necessary and generally made my life so much easier. This unity between us is something I will cherish forever and never forget. Thank you, Helene. The second reason for tipping my hat in honour of all you beautiful ladies in our sisterhood is to greet you farewell. As you have no doubt heard I am moving from Durban to live in Marloth Park, Komatipoort from the end of January to start a new chapter in the bush with my hubby. As a member of UWA since 2013, I will follow with great interest. My intention is to visit often. I will also need retail therapy and my visits will include a visit to Bev, etc for TLC.

My business will now be run from my daughter’s office and will carry on as before via Zoom meetings now.          

I would like to wish all of you a fabulous festive holiday and everything of the best for 2022 – I am not saying goodbye just Au revoir till we meet again. I will miss you all big time. What I take with me through all of this is “There are friends in life, and there are friends for life.”

I would like to apologise for not doing this newsletter on camera like I normally do. Unfortunately, I have contracted Covid and am not feeling well enough for a camera. Thanks for the understanding.

Good morning beautiful ladies 😁❤️ Who would love to join us UWA ladies tomorrow packing food items for the Less Fortunate. There will be music, coffee and just bonding together of giving back!! I can’t wait to see you all tomorrow 💓
73 Nguni Way
Unit 38 Acacia Business Park
Hillcrest
9am to 12pm
UWA Open door collection

There is only one way in which we can move forward & rebuild – TOGETHER.

We need your help collecting food packs, clothing, dog and cat food. These will be distributed to those in dire need.

These are the drop off points in Durban North/Umhlanga:

Granny Griffs – Helene Griffiths
082 570 6730
2B Uitsig Road, Durban North

NS Xulu Inc. – Nompumelelo Xulu
084 772 8804
21 Aurora Drive, 1st Floor; Liberty Life Building;
Umhlanga Ridge;

Drop off points in Highway area:

Bunnyhop Documents – Sue Davidson
082 772 1482
14 Melissa Crescent, New Germany

Striving Mind Promotions – Robyn Meloni
082 850 2109
2 Wellington Road, Westville

(please contact the abovementioned companies to make drop off arrangements)

If anyone would like to contribute financially, please get in touch with Sue Davidson – 082 772 1482

StrongerTogether #Ubuntu #proudlysouthafrican #RebuildKZN

We are knitting 1000 beanies for the Open Door Crisis Care Centre, from newborns to adults – all ages and sizes.

Help us keep South Africa warm and make a difference by joining our sisterhood and kintting, crocheting and contributing to this very worthy project to help the Open Door.

CURRICULUM VITAE

THORA MANSFIELD – THE OPEN DOOR CRISIS CARE CENTRE

The Open Door Crisis Care Centre was founded in 1997 to address gender-based violence and serves as a multifaceted, multi-disciplinary nonprofit “ONE-STOP” trauma and counselling centre

SPEAKER

Well known speaker on many topic including women’s and children’s issues, human trafficking.

Lead speaker at International Conference in Gauteng on Human trafficking and child labour as well as overseas.  Served on both National and International panels with experts in the field of human trafficking.   Appeared on radio and TV. 

Human Rights activist and lobbies for better service provision for abused women, children at risk and victims of human trafficking.      

AWARDS

Thora Mansfeild – Founder of The Open Door Crisis Care Centre
  • East Coast Extra Mile Award
  • Old Mutual and Independent Newspaper Community award
  • Rose of Sharon Award for making a difference
  • Women Demand Dignity White Ribbon award for outstanding achievement and contribution to the prevention of violence against women and children
  • Rotary Service Award – Pinetown Rotary Club.  Service above self
  • Nominated Checkers women of the year 3 years running
  • Awarded Certificate of Merit 2005 Outstanding contribution to the community by SAPS
  • Awarded Certificate of Merit 2005 by SAPS for Women and Children’s issues
  • Regional Business Women Association Achievers Award 2008
  • Standard Bank Certificate of Recognition 2008
  • Winner of the Business Women’s Association Regional Business Achievers Award 2010
  • 2012 Finalist: Durban Chamber of Commerce/EThekwini Municipality
  • Finalist KZN:   KZN WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE:    Category  Life Achievement 
  • Recognized as SA hero in SA Leads.
  • Finalist in KZN Top Business Awards 2015
  • Nominated for Diakonia Award 2015
  • Awarded certificate and medal of achievement by SAPS in 2016
  • Recognized by Forbes Consulting as a Woman of Inspiration 2016
  • SAPS Award for 2017 honouring women making a difference.
  • Certificate of appreciation Department of Social Development Award for excellent services by The Open Door in providing care, support and safety to victims of crime and violence 2018. 
  • Rotary Paul fellowship Award   Highest award given to Mother Theresa, Prince Phillip, Gandi
  • Women of Influence from Women Pact Foundation

 RECOGNITION: 

Sponsored and travelled to

  • United States by the American Embassy and Department of Justice to attend human trafficking workshop.
  •  United Kingdom sponsored by British Airlines.
  •  Singapore, Bangkok and Cambodia to network and explore best practices against human trafficking and abuse against women and children.

ACHIEVEMENTS

Organized and facilitated a WALK from Durban to Johannesburg over 6 days covering 700 kms with 20 x Open Door volunteers and 20 SAPS from various parts of KZN Natal in May 2016, creating awareness on anti-child trafficking, reaching over 10 million men, women and children through Live TV:  radio broadcasts, newspapers, media, and presentations.

Cheyenne Pinn Heroine
Cheyénne Pinn

Congratulations to Danville Diamond Cheyénne (14 years old), who in December and January collected and put together appreciation packs for frontline workers to show how much they are appreciated.
Since starting Cheyénne has prepared 550 appreciation packs with 400 of these having already been delivered to various frontline workers. These packs contain items like Powerade, Energade, Water, Biscuits, Chocolate and Tea and Coffee Sachets depending on the donations received from the local community.
Cheyénne has inspired numerous people with her “Super Hero Packs”, with a lady messaging that it had inspired her Mom, from Greytown, to do the same for the nurses at the clinics she is involved with.
Cheyénne also received a voice note saying a Pretoria Lieutenant Colonel from the Police Airwing had seen a picture on social media of a “Super Hero” pack and was so impressed a teenager was behind the kindness to the frontline workers that he decided they wanted to do the same in Pretoria.
Due to the great response, she has had, Cheyénne will be continuing with this initiative even though the school holidays are now over.

If you would like to get involved or donate items, contact Cheyénne’s mother (Gwynn) on 082 338 5721

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