More than 200 domestic workers from across Pretoria and surrounding areas attended an annual domestic gala lunch on Saturday.
The event was held at Union Caterers in Lynnwood.
Each lady was given a red-carpet welcome and they were all treated to three-course meal, refreshments and gift bags.
The event was organised by their employees, members of the Serving Hands Charity Begins at Home organisation.
“We would like to show appreciation to our domestic ladies and through this provide them with a sense of purpose and hope to believe in themselves,” said Serving Hand operational director Marita Jordaan.
“We would like them to understand the importance of their jobs and to appreciate the important role that they play in our homes.”
“They need to realise that their job is not inferior to others and that, in many homes, they are the right hand.”
“[With this event] we wanted to provide a networking opportunity so that they are can communicate with various individuals that may assist these ladies with their specific needs such as dealing with abuse or obtaining a driver’s license.”
Jordaan said the organisation also wanted teach the attendees about basic health and safety skills such as first aid, general health and hygiene.
“Like us, they are also mothers, sisters and wives,” she said. “We would like to invest in these individuals so that they are can be the best women that they can be.”
“Many of them travel large distances and have to get up early in the morning for a long day at the ‘office’, only to arrive home late at night. They are left at the mercy of buses and taxis that drive like maniacs.”
Motivational speaker Rabbeca Mwale also spoke at the event.
Some lucky draws capped off the evening on a perfect note.
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