A-Plus Communications, a local event management and marketing company, and HP South Africa, helped raise R168 384 for People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA) at its annual HP/POWA Woman’s Day Lunch held at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton yesterday (7 August 2007). 

The event, which was attended by more than 400 local businesswomen, was sponsored by A-Plus Communications, HP SA, Travel Creations, Radisson Hotels & Resorts, Comair, xBox360 and Nationwide Airlines and featured the hilarious Amanda Forrow as guest speaker as well as keynote address by Thoko Mokgosi-Mwantembe, MD of HP South Africa.
The event also featured a charity auction which raised funds for POWA.
Successful bidders for the items on auction include Lynette Chen of HP SA who received a trip for two to Thailand donated by Travel Creations, Oliver Fortuin and Carlos de Figueiredo of HP SA who bid on a weekend for two at the Radisson Hotel in Cape Town and donated their prize to POWA, Carole Henning of Henning Insurance brokers who snatched two tickets to any destination in South Africa on Nationwide Airlines, Diana Morris of Universal McCann who bagged a HP Pavilion notebook PC with printer, Cindy White of Microsoft who bid on a HP digital camera with printer and donated her prize back to POWA, and Sue Heyns of HP SA who received an XBOX 360 premium edition games unit. HP also made a donation of R75 000.
Sue Castelyn, MD of A-Plus Communications, “This is the seventh year that we have been associated with the event and are proud of what we have managed to achieve in that time. To date we have raised more than R750 000 and I would like to thank our sponsors for their continued support in helping POWA in its work for abused women.”
People Opposing Women Abuse was established in 1979 as a response to the high levels of violence against women experienced in the community. The organisation was initiated by volunteers and offered services to women who were victims of domestic violence, sexual harassment, rape and adult survivors of incest.
The organisation has a strong gender sensitive stance and seeks to empower women through the process of counselling, education, advocacy and lobbying. Based in Berea, in the Johannesburg inner city area, POWA serves the entire Gauteng region, maintaining branches in Katlehong and Vosloorus in the East Rand; Sebokeng in the Vaal and Soweto.
It was the first organisation in Gauteng to set up a shelter for abused women in 1984, currently runs a shelter in the West Rand that accommodates 10 women and their children at a time and recently opened its second shelter on the East Rand.