I continue to be mentored by a wonderful kind man, Peter Withy from Peter Withy Unplugged. Peter is just as devoted as I am to Dignity Zambia. His enthusiasm and energy is unfailing and he is the best writer around, with enormous respect in the industry. He is truly the creative force behind our name, logo and marketing. Thank you so much to my dear friend Peter Withy.
I lived and worked in Zambia as a young 22 year old. Because of my loathing and hatred for racism of any type I purposely chose to work with black people rather than white. This was at a time soon after Independence when there was still a considerable level of racial discrimination on both sides. After Independence Africans were encouraged to hire Africans and here I was a young girl from Australia looking for a job in a country where white faces were in the minority and so far from Australia and what was familiar to me.
I was fortunate to have been employed in 1970 by a very kind and astute Zambian businessman, Mr Arthur Wina, who was previously a Minister in the first Cabinet with President Kaunda. He was a most capable Minister, with two university degrees and exemplary business contacts throughout the world. He was also Chairman of Atlas Copco when I worked for him and we had streams of distinguished international guests visiting our offices. Arthur Wina was married to Inonge Wina and they had a beautiful family of three small children. Arthur Wina had recently left politics and set up his own advertising agency, Industrial Advertising and Promotions and at my interview I talked him into hiring me as an Account Executive to work for his company in Lusaka. I learnt so much from him and loved working for him and with African people and in particular women. I did so much in the two years I lived there. I had my own women’s television show, taught girls modelling for the first time, wrote a women’s column for the Zambia Daily Mail and I ran fashion parades all over the country. I even trained the air hostesses with Zambia Airways in grooming and deportment. My boss was very tolerant with me and gave me great opportunities at such a young age. It was due to this great start that my career opened up in so many new ways when I returned to Australia. I am eternally thankful to Arthur Wina for these opportunities and because of him I want to give back. Unfortunately he died a few years ago and I was in tears when I met with his wife in 2013 because I could not thank him myself.
Yes, I returned to Zambia in 2013 for 3 months as I was writing a book about my life there and the changes over the years in the lives of the people I worked with – particularly the women. While in Zambia in 2013 I was appointed as an official voluntary fundraiser for the country. Remarkably Mr Arthur Wina’s wife is now Hon Inonge Wina, Vice President in the Zambian Government. I spent quite some time with this wonderful hard working woman, who is in her seventies and I came away with a great sense of awe and respect to see what she is doing for her people at her age and I was able to see for myself that the Government could not provide the funding needed for so many projects. It stirred me up to help. I am working very closely with Mrs Wina as we select projects to be funded when I travel to Zambia each year. I would also like to point out that the country is well run and democratic and the majority of the people are Christians. I love the fact that Zambia promotes itself as “One Zambia One Nation” and it truly lives by this principal with very little tribal friction.
I love Zambia and to me its the most wonderful country in Africa.
The money I raise through Dignity Zambia will be used to help women and children who are severely disadvantaged. Many will have had parents who have died of HIV Aids and they may have been caught up in child trafficking and sexual/gender abuse because they have not had the parental supervision in their lives, being left alone to look after themselves.
Money will be used for their education, fighting poverty, maternal health for women and emergency health. I also have support from 82 year old Mary and her group of women in Adelaide who will be sewing clothing for me to take to the villages and they are so excited about the thought of me taking photos and putting them on our website so that they can see what’s happening to their donations. Our Facebook Page, Dignity Zambia – My Love Affair With Zambia will give up to date information on our fundraising.
Donors are able to see where their donations are being spent through our “direct” charity The website will also give people the opportunity to donate to become an Honor Roll Sponsor at a low cost of $55 AUD.
Honour Roll Sponsor’s names will appear on the website and Corporate sponsorship is also acknowledged.
Money raised is currently being used to build the Arthur Wina Memorial Hospital in Nalolo, Western Province, Zambia.
We are also working with some doctors in Adelaide looking into the donation of second hand medical equipment from Australian hospitals to be sent to Zambia for maternal health with rotary.
I am a one person charity and I depend totally upon your generous support.