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Qualities of a good role model

Qualities of a role model “I had a very good experience at the restaurant and I am grateful for the opportunity that I was given to go to the High Tea and spend quality time with the girls”- one of the young guests said.

On Wednesday, 20 March, members of MARC (Mpumlanga Addiction Rehabilitation Centre), hosted a High Tea and invited five young girls from Uzwelo Home which are currently undergoing treatment with MARC.

The event was opened with an introduction, “Who am I” and guest speaker, Ms Gontse addressed the girls and delivered a very motivational speech on the qualities of a role model which included:

  • Demonstrating confidence and leadership skills,
  • Don’t be afraid to be unique,
  • Communicate and interact with everyone,
  • Show respect and concern for others,
  • Be knowledgeable and well-rounded,
  • Have humility and willingness to admit to mistakes and
  • Do good things outside of the job description

The girls were encouraged to have respect for themselves and they had a debate regarding “What I love about myself and what I don’t love about myself”. They also heard the beautiful poem Phenomenal Women, by Maya Angelou (American poet), which they hopefully took to heart.

The guests appreciated the manner in which Ms Gontse addressed them. It made them feel unique and special. They found it easy to communicate with her and had a splendid time.

One of the girls added that they enjoyed the delicious sandwiches and malva pudding, together with the lovely music, playing in the background. Thank you to the members of MARC for an unforgettable morning! “Pretty women wonder where my secrets lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size, but when I start to tell them, they think I’m telling lies.

I say, its in the reach of my arms, the span of my hips, the stride of my steps, the curl of my lips. I’m a woman, phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, that’s me.” Section of Phenomenal woman – Maya Angelou good role model

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