Cal­en­dar girls pose for vic­tims of abuse

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - WENDYL MARTIN

MOVE over He­len Mir­ren and Julie Wal­ters, it’s South Africa’s turn for some Cal­en­dar Girl fun. Lo­cal women, of all shapes and sizes, have taken the plunge and bared all in 12 taste­ful, fun pin-ups to help raise funds for abused women as part of a Cal­en­dar Girls Project.

The project, the brain­child of Cape Town friends pho­tog­ra­pher Coral-leigh Stu­art de Lange and jour­nal­ist Louisa Steyl, is to raise funds for the Saartjie Baart­man Cen­tre for Women and Chil­dren, a Ma­nen­berg-based or­gan­i­sa­tion that of­fers 24-hour cri­sis re­sponse, a res­i­den­tial shel­ter and tran­si­tional hous­ing for abused women and their chil­dren, le­gal as­sis­tance and job-skills train­ing.

“One of the long­est-last­ing ef­fects of abuse is a loss of self­worth,” says Steyl. “The calen- dar hopes to show women it doesn’t mat­ter what size you are, or where you come from, you are worth some­thing.

“Our motto, Know Your Worth, aims to em­power ev­ery wo­man out there to take back their self-re­spect and dig­nity.”

The cal­en­dar will be launched at a vin­tage-themed cock­tail evening at The Pep­per Club on Loop Street next Satur­day. Funds raised at an auc­tion will go to­wards The Saartjie Baart­man Cen­tre.

Tick­ets for the launch cost R200. The cal­en­dars will be on sale from Mon­day, De­cem­ber 11, for R150, ex­clud­ing postage.

For de­tails, visit the project’s blog at http://cal­en­dar­girl­spro­ject.word­press.com, or con­tact them on Twit­ter, us­ing the han­dle @cal­en­dar­girl­spr.

To book tick­ets for the launch, or help with spon­sor­ships, call 082 575 6827.

wendyl.martin@inl.co.za

PIC­TURE: SUPPLIED

CUP­CAKE POSE: Coral-leigh Stu­art de Lange is the pho­tog­ra­pher and an or­gan­iser of the Cal­en­dar Girls Project 2012 cal­en­dar. Although she is not in the cal­en­dar, she poses here in the style of the shoot.

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