UWA-Heroes-Jennifer-Morris

Let’s find out more about Jen.

Travel Savvy is an owner-managed travel agency run by travel pro Jennifer Morris. Jen has worked in the travel industry for 16+ years, making travel dreams come true and ensuring a seamless experience for her clients. She is passionate about ensuring that Travel Savvy’s clients are taken care of at every stage of their journey, from the initial itinerary planning to final trip execution.

Jen is hands-on with all of her clients, offering 24/7 availability and a commitment to solving any travel challenges that present during the course of a trip. Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Jen and the Travel Savvy team have done everything in their power to stay abreast of all the changes to rules and regulations, entry requirements and restrictions, ensuring that anyone needing to travel has all the information they need to stay safe and successfully complete their journey.

Heroine of the Month – Bev Murray

Let’s take a minute to get to know Bev!


Bev is the proud owner of Bev’s Beauty & Wellness, situated at 3 Tetford Circle, Hirsch’s, Umhlanga.
It can be confirmed that Bev doesn’t only spend her hours taking care of her customers inner and outer beauty, but she extends this innate passion for wellbeing to her family, friends and the UWA committee members. If you peruse her Facebook page, you will notice that most of the posts are based on promoting and supporting other individuals and local businesses!
As part of the UWA organisation and committee for many years, she volunteers her time willingly and graciously and takes on every challenge with courage and positivity. Ready to lend her ear to listen, her shoulder to lean on, share advice and knowledge, all with a smile and twinkle in her eye.
After meeting Bev for the first time, you will walk away feeling as though you’ve either made a friend for life or have known her for a lifetime as her warm, welcoming, loving, and supportive nature is instantly felt and extended naturally and effortlessly.
So taking ‘that minute’ to get to know Bev will be time well spent as you get to learn that her deep interest in the wellbeing of others is her motto and at the forefront of her life.
Bev, our positive, patient, stylish, sincere, fun, caring friend, is your best cheerleader, team player, supporter in business and life, and a reliable, loyal, honest, and selfless friend.
She will take you under her wing and make you know that you are loved!

Our chosen heroine of the month, Bev, we are grateful for you, and we celebrate and salute you! May all the good vibes you give out be returned to you tenfold!

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.

We want to shout out to an exceptional UWA Heroine, well done Lynn Easton from Afscot Financial Services

Umhlanga Women Achievers would like to shout out to Lynn Easton, her huge heart and generous soul have shone like a bright star through this challenging time. Whether it be motivation, inspiration, kindness or a shoulder, her professionalism and warm heart make her an exceptional UWA Heroine. Thank you, Lynn, for all you do and the love that you share.

We want to shout out to an exceptional UWA Heroine, well done Cilla Rose

In the spirit of Ubuntu, she can offer free accommodation to our tired healthcare workers so that they don’t need to travel long distances to get home to their families. 

an exceptional UWA Heroine, well done Debbie Becker from Bernina.

Debbie Becker decided to stitch a silver lining around this shadow and made a call to ask members of the public to sew face masks for charity.