TWD activist Amy Gatland shares her challenge experience with us – a manicure marathon with a heart of gold!
On Thursday, 21 March 2013, twelve ladies set off to make some very special women feel loved and pampered as part of the That Was Different campaign. The idea, which was sparked by a popular office part time, came to life as we prepped our kits to give free manicures to elderly and vulnerable women in our area.
With the That Was Different campaign on our hearts, we were excited that our project was sure to have a double impact: to raise money for unemployment and education in our city but also to make the ladies whose nails we were painting feel beautiful and cared for. What we experienced was the humbling reality that when we give of our time and step out of our comfort zone to bless others we in turn are left feeling truly blessed. And so our project turned out to be, in fact, triple impact!
The day begun at Huis Luckhoff, a home for elderly people in Rosebank, where we arrived with our hands full of every goodie you could possibly need to give a manicure. Files, buffers, hand cream, you name it, we had it. Everything was generously donated by wonderful women in our community. The TV room was quickly transformed into a beauty parlour complete with lots of storytelling and smiles.
Later some of us moved to the sick bay to do the nails of ladies who could not get out of bed. One 94-year-old lady was so touched and said that her nails had not looked this beautiful since the war. Some of us then headed out to Sisters Incorporated, a place of safety for abused women and their children. It was so special to get to interact with these ladies and watch their faces light up at their painted nails. It’s amazing how something seemingly so simple can bring confidence and joy to a person. We had such fun painting their little girl’s nails as well.
Christine Martin summed up the day so well when she said, “With the elderly, we know that they have lived through a lot. Their stories and beautiful hands show us that they’ve lived long. But with women who have come from abusive relationships, they haven’t always lived long but they’ve lived through a lot. We all have stories to tell.”
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