Women’s event aimed at spreading hope

From left are former Rocklands resident and RLabs cofounder René Parker who is hosting a panel of RLabs affiliates They are Kristiina Lähde, from Finland; Genevieve Mannel and Naomi Rouse.

Women from across the world gathered in Westridge to make hope contagious.

They were the guests at the new home of RLabs, a South African and award-winning non-profit organisation based at 55 Boschendal Way, Westridge, on Wednesday February 1. This was their first event at the newly built home.

RLabs, an innovation lab, partners with a variety of international organisations, private companies and public sector partners to develop solutions to drive social change.

Their main aim is to create systems and environments where people can be impacted, empowered and transformed through hope, technology and innovation, training and economic opportunities.

Last week’s “Contagious Women’s Awards” evening was set to gather women, inspire them and form networks and collaborations.

Pictured at the back, from left, are Wilhelmina Andrews-Sheldon, from Parow, RLabs Tanzania acting director Angela Falres Ilomo and Biythany Ann Julie, from Westridge. In front are Christina Chirwa, from Goodwood, Roulda Charles, from Belgravia and Carla Wyngaard, from Bonteheuwel.

Guest speaker Antonette Benting, a business development manager, explained the three Cs of networking – connect with each other by finding common ground, communicate by listening when the other person speaks and collaborate by working on something together..

She encouraged guests to #makehopecontagious, more so than Covid-19.

“Let it (hope) be infectious. So, we can get the work done,” she said.