NSSA Hosts ‘Women of Strength’ Forum with CANSA

Nursing Services of South Africa, NSSA, hosted the ‘Woman of Strength’ forum with CANSA on 22 August 2012 at the nursing agency’s offices at Bellville, Cape Town. Some 60 nursing managers, matrons and other senior nurses were invited, from a range of hospitals and other healthcare organisations. 

The theme of the event was empowering women: guests heard from speakers on the need for women to care for themselves and other women too because of their central role in the family life, in healthcare and industry generally. The forum was an opportunity to discuss issues of women’s welfare, including healthy living and emotional wellbeing – supported on the day by a range of refreshments and body and cosmetic treatments donated by the event sponsors, such as Revlon and The Beauty School.

There were inspirational addresses from a range of women, who included Penny Streeter OBE, founder and managing director of A24 Group, and Suzanne Ackerman-Berman, Transformation Director of Pick n Pay Holdings Ltd – who spoke about the Goodness Campaign and its work in empowering local communities. Pick n Pay generously donated catering, gift bags and vouchers for the event.

The forum was held in support of CANSA, which promotes research, educates the public and provides support to people affected by cancer. “We encourage cancer survivors to live life to the full and to see themselves as a survivor from the day of diagnosis,” says CANSA’s CEO and cancer survivor of 29 years, Sue Janse van Rensburg.

NSSA invited some 60 nursing managers, matrons and senior nurses from a range of hospitals and healthcare organisations. These included: AGS Tehuis, Albow Gardens CHC, Belhar CHC, Brooklyn Chest Hospital, Cheshire Homes, Communicare, D P Marias TB Hospital, De Rus, Departmen Of Health, Goodhope Park, Frailcare, Groote Schuur, Gugulethu MOU, Huis Aristea, Huis Uitsig, Karl Bremmer Hospital, Kendrick House, Khayelitsha District Hospital, Lenterguer Hospital, Life West Coast Hospital, Mitchells Plain District Hospital, Mowbray Maternity Hospital, Nomzamo, Oasis Retirement Village, Panorama Palms, Victoria Hospital and Vredenburg Hospital.

Event sponsors and their donations included the following:

  • Revlon Cosmetics and Edgars: gift bags and make up
  • Pick n Pay: catering, gift bags and vouchers 
  • Bon Courage: refreshments 
  • Chery Milnerton: transportation 
  • Aquiziana: pure water. 
  • The Beauty School: nail and other treatments