SIPHATHISIWE Sibanda, who won the Alpha Media Holdings chairman’s special recognition award during last year’s Shaina Awards ceremony, on Thursday received donations from businesswomen to help her as she embarks on her home-based care programme to assist people living with HIV in Bulawayo.
The contributions were handed during a belated International Women’s Day dinner organised by Women In Business Connect in partnership with Total Eclipse Events at a hotel in Bulawayo to mark the economic, social and political achievements of women.
Sibanda, one of the speakers at the event, encouraged women to participate in rebuilding their communities by giving support, love and care to the less privileged, the sick and the vulnerable.
“You are that helping hand that your community is looking for,” she said. “It is not about money. Sometimes the love and care you can show to a person means a lot.”
In an interview after the dinner, Sibanda said she was happy that women were showing interest in helping people in their communities.
“My community will never be the same again,” she said. “It’s a great pleasure for people to realise that they have to invest in the communities they come from.”
Companies like Datlabs (Pvt) limited, Delta Beverages, Adcare Pharmacy, Mpala Group and Nissi Finance pledged to help her with their products and funds.
The function, dubbed “Driving Future Success”, was an evening networking for women in business, entrepreneuers, professionals and educators.
A motivational speaker and founder of Dynamic Skills Foundation, Jacqueline Ndongwe, encouraged women to “drive yourselves to your own success” and not concentrate on driving others ahead of themselves.
“Businesses are looking for people with impact because high impact means high visibility,” she added. “Success is not measured by the material things you have, but by the significance you leave in people for the people.”