First Lady Bongi Ngema-Zuma’s high tea fundraising function was more than just beautiful women in heels and hats, it was also aimed at raising awareness on health issues especially on what her foundation deals with ‘Diabetes’
The Bongi Ngema-Zuma(BNZ) Foundation hosted its third annual fundraising at the CSIR on 22 August 2015.
The organisation, which was established in 2010, aims at addressing social issues, including health and non-communicable diseases with a special focus on diabetes educational issues and development.
Madam Bongi Ngema-Zuma’s mother, Prisca died at the age of 64 while her aunt Victoria died at 30. In honor of Women’s Month a special tribute was paid to female activist Sophia Williams De Bruyn, who played a huge role in the struggle against apartheid and city businesswomen Dr. Anna Mokgokong highlighted the importance of having struggle icon Sophia Williams De Bruyn attending the function and was quoted saying “so much has been achieved on your behalf, you can reach the sky and be what you want and we have handed over the batten to you. Now just move forward and help others.”
Dr. Ngema-Zuma named the Africa Chinese Women Association (ACWA) as an organisation close to her heart that is always willing to lend a helping hand through donations and other contributions. The chairlady Mrs Zhu Yiyaun (Anita) received an award along with other ladies from various organisations.
As part of Women’s Month, more than 200 women were in attendance to raise awareness about diabetes and how to avoid it by living healthy. Different companies represented included Med Scheme, SAB Miller and Stella Mall.
The event received entertainment from the likes of Tshidi Moholo from Malika and had a radio personality and show producer; Thami Ngubeni as an MC. TV producer and businesswomen Carol Bouwer was also present and the first lady of Tshwane Georgia Shekeshe, wife of executive mayor of Tshwane Kgosientso Ramokgopa.
The Foundation raised funds by auctioning two enthralling painting that Madam Zuma collected all over the world. The auctioned paintings were both sold for an outstanding R21 500 and the second one for R7000.