Present: Nancy Richards, Daphne Cooper, Theresa Smith, Nomfundo Macuphe, Beryl Eichenberger, Nina Geraghty, Gogo Gala, Avis Fisher, Shuli Heller, Celeste Matthews-Wanneburgh, Pam Evans, Christine Weir, Margi Biggs, Joanne Friedlander, Ruth Friedman, Nozuko, Xola, Alutha Taho, Simone Heradien (Artscape), Kubeshni Govender, Roxy Levy, Marva Basson-Dhilwayo, Catherine Burnet
And then the amazing team that produced 'Survivors' the commemorative book: Lorraine de Villiers of Opechee Design Studios (left), Board member who came up with the idea of the book then went ahead to compile content design and produce it. And Dulcie Kirby, busy music teacher who committed to writing the story - researching, not just the history but to conducting a wealth of interviews of staff and survivors. past and present. Written through the voice of a fictional 'survivor', the book is a read to make you cry, smile and cheer at the sheer bravery of sixty years worth of amazing women.
But no amount of care can help a broken woman if she doesn't care for herself - and Henrietta, a former resident at 'Sisters' gave a testimony that whilst bringing tears to the eyes of the panel and the audience, was filled with hope and inspiration. It is both powerful and empowering for a woman to have her story heard - and over the years, 'Sisters' have been there to listen.