Award Winners 2013
Girl next door: Jeaulina Cato
Winning to me was empowering. It was a door opening to my next chapter. Being a part of an event like this has shown me the strength we have as individuals and the power we create as women, when we come together.
I’m still smiling: Funmi Kotun
The award meant that an organisation was able to recognise what God was doing in my life and in the life of all women who do what I do every day.That felt good.
I’m a survivor: Doris Glover
I was surprised and honoured to have won my award. I found the award ceremony inspiring, refreshing and courageous. I really had a good time and look forward to the next award ceremony.
Living my dream: Sandra Hutchinson
The event inspired me to strive for excellence. Winning the award for ‘Living my Dream’ renewed my desire to encourage and motive single mothers to be victors and not victims.
A parable is told of a farmer who owned an old mule. The mule fell into the farmer’s well. The farmer heard the mule ‘braying’ – or – whatever mules do when they fall into wells. After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the mule, but decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth the trouble of saving. Instead, he called his neighbours together and told them what had happened…and enlisted them to help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well and put him out of his misery.
Initially, the old mule was hysterical! But as the farmer and his neighbors continued shoveling and the dirt hit his back…a thought struck him. It suddenly dawned on him that every time a shovel load of dirt landed on his back…HE SHOULD SHAKE IT OFF AND STEP UP! This he did, blow after blow.
“Shake it off and step up…shake it off and step up…shake it off and step up!” he repeated to encourage himself. No matter how painful the blows, or distressing the situation seemed the old mule fought “panic” and just kept right on SHAKING IT OFF AND STEPPING UP!
You’re right! It wasn’t long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, STEPPED TRIUMPHANTLY OVER THE WALL OF THAT WELL! What seemed like it would bury him, actually blessed him…all because of the manner in which he handled his adversity.
Remember to step up no matter what others or life throws your way!