Children’s home role players attend soul-feeding event

Right Yusha Labuschagne, Lindsay Cupido and Janine Steyn were among the guests.

Christine Revell Children’s Home staff, volunteers, and host parents gathered at the Cullinan Hotel in Cape Town for their annual Women’s Day breakfast on Saturday.

Idols finalist Niyaaz Arendse and TV and radio personality Tracy-Lee Rosslind were there along with singing couple.

Zyboedien and Zurayda Abrahams who had everybody on the dance floor.

Alicia Rhoda, the home’s director, said the event was their way of “building ourselves up”. She had asked Niyaaz to perform after seeing a poster for his upcoming show This is Me.

“Our host parents, volunteers, staff, and those who put the event together, the artists who gave of their time – they all played a role in giving back to the children and the community. Today is all about inspiring women – to feed their soul so that they are able to carry on. Sometimes we feel broken down, because the work we do requires so much from us, and this is the one time in the year that we can build ourselves up again,” she said.

Niyaaz said he hadn’t thought twice when Ms Rhoda had contacted him. “I’m all for women empowerment. I grew up with a lot of women who had a major influence in my life. I love my mother, and she is the foundation of everything. For this reason, I will take every opportunity I get to honour women, as they deserve to be respected.”

Guest speaker Bridgette Conjana said women were so much stronger and wiser than they gave themselves credit for.

Police officer Captain Shereen Jones sang for the crowd and told them loved being surrounded by strong women, as she drew inspiration from them.