Donate pampering for women in need’s handbags


A woman’s handbag can tell the world a lot about her being a person and her life, and that is why Solidarity Helping Hand with the Here’s my Hand “bag”-musical takes the opportunity to assist women in need with pampering for their handbags.

“Every woman’s handbag gives a person profound insight into her life, even if she doesn’t realize it. Millions of women spend thousands of rands every year on handbags they love, even if they end up on a shelf and collect dust,” says Sandra Taljaard, internationally-awarded appearance specialist from Style Challenge International.

Helpende Hand’s Pretoria region invites women to take a break on 16 September, pack a handbag with treats for women in need, and at the launch of Here’s my Hand “bag” join. This event takes place at the AfriForum Theater in Pretoria.

The musical is about a woman’s life – in her handbag, with her handbag, for her handbag. It is a fun, informative, motivating story written by Taljaard and set to music by the tenor Coert Grobbelaar. Jannes Erasmus, director of, among others, “Die Kaplyn”, is the creative director.

“I told Coert that I needed to write a motivational musical where I speak in between and he then does the matching music. I’m not just talking about fashion, but it’s also accompanied by humor and motivation,” says Taljaard.

According to Mariana Kriel, regional organizer of Helpende Hand Pretoria region, the organization is excited to join hands with these artists.

“Our vocation is community development and therefore it is important to develop the community in which we live and in that way ensure prosperity.

“Helping Hand does not receive any donation from the state and we are therefore dependent on the public and persons who give monthly contributions. The funds collected at this event will be specifically earmarked for Helping Hand North Gauteng’s study fund to empower girls through training.”

Kriel encourages women to bring old handbags, filled with something special for women in need, on the day.

“However, we don’t want to limit it to just the day. Women can also drop off pamper handbags at their nearest Ons Winkel branch in Pretoria or Bronkhorstspruit or at GROOTfm’s office in Lynnwood Manor. Some of the handbags will be handed over to Corlea Botha during the show, especially for her Mercy Bags project.”

According to Kriel, the launch on September is the ideal networking opportunity to make a difference in other women’s lives.

“Enough time will be given for women to network with each other and make new friendships. Around 150 businesswomen will attend the event and it is therefore a golden opportunity for companies to act as prestigious sponsors. It is also the ideal day to pamper other businesswomen and offer them the opportunity to be part of the day.”

Tickets, which include the meals and wine tasting, cost R500. This can be booked by sending an email to Mariana Kriel at Tickets for the gallery, which do not include meals, cost R250 and are available online at Visit to learn more about the event.