The Mother Load

What is “International Volunteer Day”?

I once read that volunteering allows you to age with grace. For me, the actress and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn is a prime example of that statement. If volunteering provides me with a fraction of her grace then I will consider myself truly blessed. Ms Hepburn said, “Giving is living. If you…

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Sometimes you go searching for your Purpose, other times your Purpose finds you

I wrote this essay to share my story of volunteering.  I would like your vote please.  The competition is open to US citizens only but I would still welcome your vote to help share my story to others who are unsure if they should, could, would like to volunteer.  Click…

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People who inspire me: Kim Feinberg

I was introduced to Kim Feinberg about 6 years ago when the corporate I worked for had sponsored one of the 94.7 Highveld Christmas Wishlist wishes. If I recall correctly, it was Simon Parkinson from Primedia that got me into a meeting with Kim and The Tomorrow Trust. We had…

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Her family will have a home for Christmas

This story, now campaign, really touched my heart. Given the 16 Days of Activism period we are now in, this is a very real and relevant example of how abuse destroys lives – long before death is even an option. The deadline for the appeal was last night but, again,…

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What type of Activist are you?

Violence against women and children is never acceptable, never excusable, and never tolerable. The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children is an international campaign. It takes place every year from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to 10 December (International…

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What is “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women”?

Just as Christmas comes but once a year, so does International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women. Amid much fanfare and activities, do you actually know what this day is about?

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Keeping it in the family

I recently wrote about my thoughts on caring for the elderly in What Should We Do With Old People? Yesterday I shared Fiona Dowie’s experience in caring for her parents on this blog. Fi moved her folks to Johannesburg from Durban where they lived for 34 years to a retirement…

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Moving house after 34 years

I recently wrote about my thoughts on caring for the elderly in What Should We Do With Old People? Every life situation is different.  Every family is unique.  Every individual has an opinion.  Tradition and culture aside, there is also the personal preference (by the aged person and their children…

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What should we do with old people?

I look after my great-uncle who lives in an old age home. I love my uncle dearly. He will be 90 years old next May (or 91 if you go by the Chinese calendar). Uncle was born in the same decade they discovered King Tut’s tomb, when the first “talkie”…

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International Suicide Survivors Day

Every survivor will find their own way through the guilt, anger and shock over time. Eventually, you will find that moving on with your life is possible and that acceptance is the path to hope and healing.

If anything, I hope that the most important of conversations happen in homes tonight. For both the potential victim and survivors out there. There is a great lack of awareness of the prevalence of suicidal behaviour which needs to be discussed openly.

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