South Africa: August is the month that South Africans celebrate the achievements and sacrifices that Women have contributed to the country.
South Africa Army Support Base Eastern Cape Women started a drive of celebrating Women with a series of events throughout the whole month. The women took charge of the daily parade with all appointments from Parade Commander to the last Roll call holder being occupied by the women of Army Support Base Eastern Cape.
The women of Army Support Base Eastern Cape gathered for breakfast with the main topic of the event being Gender Based Violence. The ladies were honoured to have two guest speakers, namely the local author of “I AM” Schamelle Rulf and Nicky Wongfan. Both speakers were survivors of Gender Based Violence whose testimonials moved the ladies and reminded all that there is no need to suffer in silence. The breakfast ended with the reviving of the Women’s Forum which as a result of the recent pandemic stagnated.
Ladies showcased their femininity weekly by wearing civilians once a week with a theme for every week. This culminated in the raising of sufficient funds to donate to a non-profit organisation.
On 30 August 2023, the women of Army Support Base Eastern Cape gathered their donations and headed to Sekunjalo Home in Kwa Noxolo, Gqeberha. The Non-Profit organisation was established by a member of the community, Wendy Plaaitjies. Running a feeding scheme for children in the community and others with minimal support, and much-needed aid was paramount. The women of Army Support Base Eastern Cape raised funds to purchase a gas stove and much-needed groceries in order to assist Wendy with her passion.
The activities of the women culminated with a much-needed LTU for the women of Army Support Base Eastern Cape. Enjoying a day of togetherness in the beautiful Addo National Elephant Park. The spirit of camaraderie among the women in the unit shone through. Army Support Base Eastern Cape women being true to the unit motto: “Going the Extra Mile”.