The Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp Foundation will be holding an empowerment breakfast on Saturday, September 9, to raise funds and raise awareness for the organisation.
The event – which takes place at the Balalaika Protea Hotel in Maude Street, Sandown from 09h00 to 12h30 – is one of three annual breakfasts which will be held around the country. Tickets cost R250.
Guests speakers include Reeva’s mother June Steenkamp and actress Annie Malan. MC is celebrity make-up artist Gina Myers with entertainment provided by singer Tamara Dey.
A demonstration will be given by Mark Grobbelaar, a 6th Dan karate expert, who gave up his corporate job to create an organisation called Woman INPowered (WIP) which aims to empower women when faced with life-threatening situations.
The inspiration behind WIP is Alison Botha, who endorses the programme. In December 1994, Alison was abducted outside her home by two men who raped, stabbed and disembowelled her. They slashed her throat and left her for dead. Alison survived. Since then she has become a motivational speaker, author and was the subject of the acclaimed documentary film Alison, which became the first South African movie to be shown at Los Angeles’ prestigious Dances with Films film festival.
Reigning Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters has done the course and credits it with helping her during an attempted hijacking earlier this year.
Says Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp Foundation CEO Kim Martin: “We are extremely excited to host our empowerment breakfast in Johannesburg. Guests can look forward to a fun filled morning with lots of amazing prizes, inspiring speakers and great entertainment. All proceeds raised go to empowering and educating against abuse. We have been in operation for just over a year now and could not have done it without the generosity of the others.”
Breakfast and bubbly are included in the cost and each guest will receive a goody bag. To book for the event send an email to [email protected]
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About the foundation:
The Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp Foundation is a non-profit organisation for the empowerment and education against abuse of women and children. It was launched in Port Elizabeth on August 19, 2016, on what would have been Reeva’s 33rd birthday. Steenkamp campaigned passionately against the abuse of women and children and after graduating as a lawyer and used her public profile as a model, TV personality and socialite in South Africa to these ends. She was killed on Valentine’s Day in 2013; that same day she had been scheduled to deliver a speech at a local Johannesburg school on the issue closest to her heart. The Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp Foundation was established in her name and strives to honour the work she would have done.
Funds are being raised for the following projects:
Distribution of domestic violence educational packs to police stations, clinics, schools and women’s shelters.
The granting of an annual bursary to a final year law student specialising in family law.
Victim support and campaigning for the advocacy against gender based violence.
Pro Bono legal advice and assistance and an online counselling service.
A long-term goal to open two safe houses