By Sebastian Kopulande
On Saturday 7th October 2017, we had a wonderful evening at a fashion show at Pamodzi Hotel where 4 former First Ladies were modeling for my project to raise funds for distribution of free sanitary pads to rural and vulnerable school girls. This is as follow up to the plea I made in my maiden speech to Parliament on 1st November 2016.
The four former First Ladies, Mrs. Vera Tembo Chiluba, Mrs. Maureen Mwanawasa, Mrs. Thandiwe Banda and Dr. Christine Kaseba all came in an unprecedented demonstration of support to the event organized by Smart Brands Limited. The outfits for the First Ladies were designed and made by Ms. Chisoma Lombe.
Also present at the event were lady Freedom Fighters Mama Chibesa Kankasa and Mrs. Christine Mulundika. Copper Rose, a specialized NGO in Menstrual health also attended the event as well as Ms. Mwenya Mapoma from the Graça Machel Trust (http://gracamacheltrust.org/) along with a number of corporate sponsors.
Thank you all for your kind support to educate the girl child and God bless. There is still a lot more to be done and more support will be highly appreciated.
I wish to thank all the former First Ladies for their support in this effort. It was humbling to see the enthusiasm with which they came, every one of them that is living, to help build mother Zambia by doing something to allow that poor girl child in the rural and other deprived areas of our country get an education, the very first step in empowering our women.
All covered in the “Chiduku”, the traditional Zambian headgear, the former First Ladies paid special tribute to one of their own, the founding Mother of our Nation Mrs. Betty Kaunda who had gone to be with the Lord (May her soul rest in eternal peace).
To you First Ladies, I cannot find enough words to thank you but only to pray that the Almighty God continues maintaining in each one of you the spirit of service that you demonstrated while you worked with your dear husbands in the Office of President of our country. You have inspired me greatly in the cause of girl child education and I will continue this advocacy as I serve as Member of Parliament for Chembe.
You further inspired many young women who were present at the event and you will indeed inspire those who will just hear about the event. You inspired all those who invested their time in organizing the Fashion Show and all those that contributed to the success of the event.
Let me thank our Sponsors in their numbers and pray that more will come on board as we organize the next fund-raising event, the Gala Dinner, scheduled for 2nd December, 2017. This is a cause worth the support of every Zambian and every friend of Zambia for they say, “educate a girl child, you educate a nation.” Let us stand up in support of girl child education. May God bless your giving hand.