Models will honour abused women as they take to the fashion runway at a picnic in Somerset West for the Reeva Renaissance Runway, with an afternoon high tea and fashion show at Lourensford Wine Estate, on Saturday November 25, from 2.30pm to 5.30pm.
“The event aims to bring women from all walks of life together to empower women affected by domestic violence, remember those who have lost their lives and honour those who have taken the brave step to rise above it,” said Kim Martin, CEO of the Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp Foundation.
The fashion show will feature summer 2018 fashion from local designers Craig Port, Jade Saunders, Lara Klawikowski, and Bokang Lehabe. Good Hope FM’s Ayanda Dlamini will MC the event.
“November 25 marks United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Children. Violence against women continues to be a global pandemic and is a human rights violation. Statistics South Africa reports the highest number of domestic violence cases in the world.
“Women recovering from abuse, need the opportunity to build and redevelop their self-esteem and rediscover themselves as women, to once again feel confident enough to call the world their runway,” Ms Martin said.
The foundation has chosen 16 women from local shelters and safe houses who will experience a weekend retreat with coaching and a “mental, physical and emotional make-over” which will take place on the weekend of Saturday November 18 and Sunday November 19.
Singer-songwriter and TV actress, Tarryn Lamb, will perform at the picnic.
Proceeds from the event will help the Foundation buy “Reeva Packs” which contain information and education to stop domestic violence. These packs are distributed to victims by government and private institutions.
Tickets are R390, which includes a harvest table picnic by Mill House, available at www.reevasteenkampfoundation.org/#events