Women’s group tackles first big project

Sandra Jones, 73, Marlene Bougaardt, 66, and Helena Hector, 72, had a good time interacting with their peers at the seniors event.

It has only been two months since the Women for Change initiative was launched in Ward 46, but this group of 18 women have already tackled a major project.

On Thursday June 13, they hosted 50 seniors and spoiled them with a five-course meal in Primrose Park.

Evelyn van Niekerk, who heads up the Ward 46 Women for Change group, said they invited seniors who were not part of a seniors’ club, and those who spent most of their days at home.

“We wanted to give back to our seniors, as they have contributed so much to society and we need to thank them for that. We received donations and we are so grateful to all our sponsors,” Ms Van Niekerk said.

Evelyn Marinus from the City of Cape Town’s social development department, said her office was approached by this group of women to establish the Women for Change in their area.

“This is their first time on board, and what they did was unbelievable.

“They did a brilliant job. They let our office know that there is a need here, and we are elated that they can make a difference,” Ms Marinus said.