First Annual Career Expo and Carwash Fundraising Event

Career counselling and role modelling are essential tools that can be used to empower the youth with knowledge regarding their subject choice in high school and the career path they would like to pursue. Women Leaders South Africa (WLSA) and Child Welfare Tshwane (CWT) hosted their very 1st Annual Career Expo at Atteridgeville in Pretoria. The career expo aimed to expose the youth to a wide range of career paths and opportunities, meet and network with local professionals and equip them with the knowledge and skills needed for the future of work.
Karabo Masia
We invited a diverse group of local young professionals to share their career and academic journey and to act as positive role models to the Girls and Boys Empowered Project beneficiaries. From our WLSA volunteer programme, Karabo Masia, a humanitarian who studied Gender Studies in Malaysia, shared with us her traveling opportunities nationally and abroad.
Lerato Walaza
We had the honour to be joined by the multi-talented actress and model Lerato Walaza, who shared her acting and academic journey, and the challenges she has had to overcome. She also provided the girls and boys with the requirements of being an actor or model and the opportunities available in the entertainment industry.
Utrishia Masheba

Model, actress, DJ, and entrepreneur from the Atteridgeville community, Utrishia Masheba honoured our invitation by highlighting the stigmas attached to a modelling career and expressed that, “Modelling does not have a face, a body, a gender, and a color, anyone is allowed to be a model”. She also provided financial literacy information and the importance of investing and utilizing money in a responsible manner.

Puisano Motshwane

University of Pretoria Law graduate Puisano Motshwane spoke about the importance of choosing subjects in high school that will positively influence your career choice in the future. He also emphasized how essential it is to differentiate between a talent and a career. Speaking to the beneficiaries, he commented, “I had to introspect and consider soccer as more of my talent than career, and pursued law as a career so that I can have a secured career path. In that way, I can always pursue my soccer talent anytime I wish to, and in events where I can no longer be able to play soccer due to different reasons, I can utilize my law degree”.

Carwash
In a quest to raise money for Girls & Boys Empowered Project graduation and to introduce the habit of entrepreneurship at grassroots levels, we hosted our 1st annual fundraising carwash event at Atteridgeville in Pretoria. The fundraising carwash initiative included the selling of boerewors rolls and soft drinks.
Hemera Beauty Spa
Hemera Beauty Spa
Food Parcels
Food Parcels

The Girls and Boys Empowered Project beneficiaries received food parcel donations from Hemera Beauty Spa located in Atteridgeville, which included; maize meal, cooking oil, tea bags, and washing powder soap. Dikamotso from Hemera Beauty Spa said, “We would like to appreciate the community of Atteridgeville for their continuous support and love by giving out the little that we have”. WLSA and CWT would like to extend their gratitude to Hemera Beauty Spa for their donations; we believe that a hand that gives is the hand that receives.