My First Fundraiser as an Event Planner

This past weekend I delivered my fundraising event as an Event Planner at an NGO. Just typing that sentence sends goosebumps down my spine. Not only was this a dream a few years ago, it is everything I prayed for…Fundraising, Event Planner and working for an NGO.

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Our Hike Leader, Fatima Sait briefs the group

The event was a ladies hike lead by the renowned Fatima Sait (follow her amazing blog Fats on a Mountain) The group consisted of 26 ladies and we started bright and early on Sunday morning. The initiative for the fundraiser was the water crisis in Cape Town. All funds raised will be going towards installing a well point at a location yet to be established. Once we’ve completed this well point, I intend to do further fundraising to install a filtration system at the same location. Filtration systems can cost anything between R30 000 and R100 000. This is not going to be an easy task, but, I believe with the right frame of mind, correct events and amazing people, nothing is impossible.

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We hiked up to the 5 dams that are situated on the Table Mountain National Park. For many of the women, this was a first time experience. I was a bit stressed that the route might be too hard for some, but I have so far only received messages of thanks and gratitude for the beautiful morning. We had two ladies who turned around early into the hike as they felt they were not fit enough to continue. This was a very brave decision, as sometimes we tend to believe that we will conquer the mountains, when in fact, the mountains are so much more mightier than we are.

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The hike was completed in our allocated six hours and was nothing short of amazing. I have met some phenomenal women during the planning and executing of this event that I would not have met on any other occasion.

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I want to be a Phenomenal Woman

This past weekend Mr M and I attended the 50th birthday party of an exceptional woman. And after leaving the party, I have started thinking really hard, about me, not just as a person,but as a woman.

Whilst listening to the great speeches, I wondered: What would people say about me, as a woman, when I celebrate 50?

AA-women1-300x218I might not know what will be said then, but I do know what I would like to hear. Every woman has the potential to become a phenomenal woman. It doesn’t happen overnight, but working on ourselves day-to-day will ensure that when we reach 50, we can say, “I am a phenomenal woman; and I have lived my best life”

Then you ask, what is a phenomenal woman? We all might have our own interpretations, I came across this that pretty much sums it up;

A phenomenal woman is purposeful and passionate. She is driven by her thoughts, and makes her thoughts a reality. She has imperfections, but it’s what she does with her imperfections that make her phenomenal. She is always true to herself. She doesn’t have to be a certain size or shape. Religion, age, sexual orientation, the family she was born into, or the colour of her skin do not matter. She is strong, yet weak, and struggles with her own identity from time to time. She is true to her voice and inner self. She is resourceful and honest. She is brutal at times, forcing her way into the worlds reality. (Taken from Phenomenal Women: The Empowerment of YOU Loretta A. Cella)

I feel the need to make this a personal journey. Afterall, I have 20 years to prepare for my 50th celebration.

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