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Golfers take a swing against GBV

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The event aimed to raise funds for the ‘Women to Women’ organisation, a beacon of hope for victims of gender-based violence and femicide in the Kimberley community.

Halsted Kimberley, in collaboration with the finalists for Mr. and Miss Diamantveld High School, hosted a charity golf day at the Kimberley Golf Club on Wednesday. Seen are some of the golfers on the greens. Picture: Danie van der Lith

In a heart-warming display of community support and philanthropy, Halsted Kimberley, in collaboration with the finalists for Mr. and Miss Diamantveld High School, hosted a charity golf day at the Kimberley Golf Club on Wednesday.

The event aimed to raise funds for the ‘Women to Women’ organisation, a beacon of hope for victims of gender-based violence and femicide in the Kimberley community.

The team from DG Realty who does marketing and finding your dream home was one of the businesses that bought a hole. Picture: Danie van der Lith

Holes at the prestigious golf club were sold for R2,000 each, allowing businesses to prominently display their logos and support for the cause. A total of 12 holes were snapped up by local businesses eager to contribute to this noble cause.

The driving force behind this initiative were Corné Smith and Zoé-Lee Zondagh, finalists for Mr. and Miss Diamantveld. Their dedication to community service led them to select ‘Women to Women’ as the beneficiary of this event.

Corné Smith and Zoé-Lee Zondagh, finalists for Mr. and Miss Diamantveld. Picture: Supplied

Founded in 2011 by Priscilla Smith, herself a survivor of gender-based violence, Women to Women provides a sanctuary for women and children fleeing abusive situations. Beyond offering a safe haven, the organisation delivers crucial counselling, support services, and self-empowerment programmes to equip women to make a fresh start.

Smith’s own harrowing journey underscores the urgency and importance of organisations like Women to Women.

Fleeing hundreds of kilometres from her abuser with her young daughter in tow, she found solace in Kimberley and, drawing upon her skills as a hairdresser, began rebuilding her life. It was during this period of adversity that the vision for Women to Women took shape – a vision of healing, empowerment, and community support for those enduring similar trials.

Women to Women is not just a shelter; it’s a holistic programme focused on addressing the deep-rooted trauma of gender-based violence. Through innovative training and empowerment initiatives, the organisation strives to break the cycle of abuse and provide a path to healing for survivors.

With the proceeds from the charity golf day, Women to Women will continue its vital work, offering a lifeline to those in need within the Kimberley community.

On Wednesday, every swing of the golf club and every sponsorship rand contributed brought hope and healing to survivors of gender-based violence, ensuring that Priscilla Smith’s vision of a safe and supportive haven becomes a reality for all who seek refuge.

As the sun set on the golf course, the true winners of the day were not just the golfers who executed their skills on the greens, but the women and children whose lives will be transformed by the generosity and compassion of their community.

Bernie Turtun from Kimberley is seen driving the ball from the 17th hole. Picture: Danie van der Lith
Cedric van der Ross drives the ball straight onto the fairway. Picture: Danie van der Lith
Gert Koekemoer was seen swinging hard, ensuring that his ball landed on the fairway. Picture: Danie van der Lith

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