Sunday, 23 June, 2024

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Buy Local hosts event for women to talk business – and have fun

At the end of August, Buy Local, a local initiative aimed at supporting local businesses and investing in the local economy, hosted an event at Bistro Bistro in Steiltes, Nelspruit, where business women had the opportunity to talk business, network, eat, taste wine, and just have fun.

A welcoming drink, sponsored by Rooikat, was followed by a tasting menu paired with a variety of wines and some vigorous speed networking, where the women had an opportunity to talk about their businesses and learn about the businesses of other Buy Local members.

A number of lucky draws contributed to the fun atmosphere.

The guest speaker for the evening was Jessica Prim, the current Mrs Mpumalanga 4 U Foundation, who spoke on the launch of her #LittleThings Campaign, an initiative aimed to make a difference in the lives of those affected by gender-based violence (GBV). This campaign has been seamlessly woven into her advocacy efforts as she stands in the gap for victims of GBV, fostering a legacy of hope and transformation during her year of reign and beyond.

By focusing on the seemingly small gestures – extending a helping hand, offering a listening ear, or providing a safe space – the campaign aims to dismantle the walls of isolation that victims often find themselves trapped within.

Through this campaign, pads and clean underwear will be distributed to girls and women at schools and GBV centres, taking a step forward to ensure that every individual can embrace their dignity and feel empowered.

“The #LittleThings Campaign is more than just a collection of words; it represents a resounding call to action, a plea to recognise that the smallest acts of kindness, support, and empowerment can create ripples of positive change. It embodies my commitment to address the urgent and pressing issue of GBV that continues to impact lives in our society,” she says.

“I am humbled and proud to embark on this legacy project, knowing that together, we can create positive change. Thank you to all the partners who have joined forces with me to be a beacon of hope for women and girls. Together we are able to spread love, dignity, and empowerment.”

The #LittleThings Campaign is more than just a collection of words; it represents a resounding call to action, a plea to recognise that the smallest acts of kindness, support, and empowerment can create ripples of positive change.

Jessica Prim

Jessica said the  #LittleThings Campaign is a reflection of the core values that drive the Mpumalanga 4 U Foundation – compassion, empowerment and unity.

“We believe that by standing together and acknowledging the power of even the smallest gestures, we can bring about profound transformation in the lives of GBV survivors,”Jessica said.

She thanked Blossom Care Solution for an initial sanitary pad donation for this campaign, while many other individuals and organisations have expressed interest in making their contribution towards this initiative. 

A portion of the ticket sales to the event also went to the #LittleThings Campaign.

For more information about the #LittleThings Campaign and the Mrs Mpumalanga 4 U Foundation, please contact Jessica Prim by sending an email to jessica.maulid@gmail.com.

For more information on Buy Local, click here.

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