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GWII’s fifth birthday bash carnival

8 August 2017

Gauteng Women in Insurance welcomed members to its fifth birthday bash carnival on Tuesday 8 August at Aon South Africa, with Aon South Africa as the main sponsor.

Setting the tone for the evening, with elaborate masks from Venetian to lace, members donned on masks of all colours, sizes and patterns flaring flamboyance in feathers, beads, boas and gems.

Let them eat cake

On arrival guests were treated to cocktail welcome drinks, sponsored by HIC Underwriting Managers and delicious eats and treats.

The venue was decked out in colorful balloons and centerpieces boasting a photo booth for photo sessions, sponsored by MiWay, and a chocolate fountain, sponsored by Crawford & Company, to set the night off on a sweet note.

Insure Group’s birthday cupcakes culminated GWII’s fifth birthday bash. As birthday candles were lit, past GWII Chairpersons Annelot Schrijver, Charlene Webster and current GWII Chairperson, Nicky Eveleigh took centre stage for the big blow out while members loudly and proudly sang happy birthday to GWII.

Once the formalities for the evening came to an end, ladies where entertained by dancers, sponsored by Clyde & Co.

GWII past, present and future

The committee members, partly sponsored by Discovery Insure, spoke about GWII’s past, present and future.

“GWII started in 2012 and has grown from eight ladies with a vision, to a stunning 1 623 (and counting) women working in the short term insurance industry in Gauteng. We are where we are because of our sponsors and our members," said Schrijver.

“I remember it well: a get-together of a small group of women in a restaurant

in Bryanston towards the end of 2012 is what kick-started all of this. From there GWII seemed to gain a life of its own. As a founding member of GWII I am immensely proud of what we have accomplished in under five years,” continued Schrijver.

Webster spoke about the events she has hosted. She continued to say how proud she is of how much GWII has grown and how it has allowed her to connect with many other ladies from other parts of the industry and encouraged ladies to “be humble, brave, bold, smart, work hard and most importantly, reach out and lift each other up.”

“We host many wonderful events and there are a lot of new things lined up. As members we encourage you to share your ideas with us. Encourage one another. Each day try to lift someone up. This is part of the pledge,” said Eveleigh.

To celebrate the advancement of women members were asked to sign a pledge as part of the entrance fee to the birthday bash.

In an effort to make a difference in the professional development of women, members pledged to empower themselves and women in the short term industry.

A charitable cause

Those attending were asked to bring along odd socks and pay an entrance fee of R50 for the nominated charity, Ekujabuleni Kwabadla Happiness for the aged.

We would like to thank each one of you for your donation. We were able to collect R12, 174.61 from member’s donation fees and Insure Group donated an additional R5,000 which means the nominated charity, Ekujabuleni Kwabadla Happiness, received R17,174.61 in total.

The odd (and new) socks collected will go to the homeless via Toddlers & Treats Charity foundation.

Lucky draws
A few lucky ladies walked away with prizes donated by sponsors. We would like to thank the sponsors who contributed to the prizes. The sponsors were:

 Bryte Insurance's Jewellery, Fine Art & Specie Division donated a Unode50 bracelet imported from Spain.  This bracelet is unique as there were only 50 of them ever made and the value of this was over R2 500;

 Beyonda – In celebration of our fifth birthday Beyonda donated five Woolworths gift vouchers valued at R1 000 each;

 Centriq – A trip to Le Creuset saw three lucky ladies winning a tagine pot, a salad bowl with the oil and vinegar decanter, as well as a coffee plunger with four mugs;

 ELB Engerneering Services – One micro blading session voucher with Alisa Basson Permanent Makeup Academy valued at R1 500;

 Paton Personnel – One Sorbet voucher valued at R500; and

 Tradesure – One hamper of BodyShop pamper products.

Thank you   

GWII would like to thank the main sponsor Aon South Africa and co-sponsors Arch Insurance, Associated Loss Adjusters, Bryte, Camargue, Clyde & Co, Coface, Crawford & Company, Discovery Insure, HIC Underwriting Managers, INNIU, Innovation Group, Insure Group and MiWay for their sponsorship and support for this event. Without them this would not have been possible.

A big thank you also goes out to Insure Group for once again sponsoring our photographer and SHA Specialist Underwriters for carrying our insurance. And lastly, to all GWII members thank you for attending this event. We have come a long way and we will continue… to go from strength to strength.

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