The 2016 Health Events being organised by the 1.6 Million Club South Africa and Mhani Gingi Social Entrepreneurial Network kicked off with a seminar “giving back” to seven Early Childhood Development (ECD) facility principals from the greater Philippi area, Old Crossroads and Khayelitsha in Cape Town.
The event on 16 July afforded the ECD principals an opportunity to “refuel, recharge and re-energise” as a thank-you for their tireless and vital work in the community. “They give so much to so many and seldom think of their own well-being,” said Mhani Gingi Trustee, Joan Wright.
Kenilworth Akeso Clinic hosted the event. Megan Hofhuis, an Occupational Therapist at Kenilworth Akeso Clinic, facilitated a workshop for the principals on physical and emotional well-being and the importance of taking care of themselves. The Light and Healing Centre provided two blind therapists who gave the principals a head, neck and back massage.
Stress is a major factor affecting the principals in their daily work and ensuring their wellness is paramount, according to Wright. “These are the leaders in the ECD space without whose leadership, vision, passion and dedication the children could not attain to future progress,” she said.
The 2016 Health Events being presented by the 1.6 Million Club South Africa and Mhani Gingi Social Entrepreneurial Network have the theme of “Closing the Health Gap through Innovation and Inclusivity”. Akeso Specialised Psychiatric Clinics and the South African Depression and Anxiety Group are providing speakers for some of the events.