The We Are White River team were blown away by the generosity and the good work that this church is doing in the community of White River and further afield. We left with the feeling we had met with good people with whom we look forward to exploring further the ideas discussed. This gemeente is definitely part of the WE in We Are White River.
Thabo calls White River home and he matriculated at our highly regarded Uplands College. He loves local and his message to businesses here is to think big, which he certainly does. Could Abeba Tech be part of the digitization of the South African business flower market? That’s Thabo’s “Big Hairy Audacious Goal”.
Being married to a marketer and brand strategist is no mean feat. I hear a constant commentary/critique on the latest adverts, billboards, product placements or the myriad other ways that companies find to bring their product to your attention. At times I find companies’ constant opportunism quite exhausting, and feel if I stand still long enough someone will stick a poster on me (if I’m not wearing a logo already). Being a counselling psychologist, I often see clients who are in a career process of some sort – whether it be for exploration, creation, transition or cessation. The overlap between these two disparate fields – namely psychology and marketing – is rather intriguing.
We have suggested that there are 3 pillars of resilience essential for sustaining the community of White River. To be sure there are probably more issues out there, but these three cover most:
Social resilience: the way the White Riverians work together, support each other and build bridges, not walls
Environmental resilience: looking after nature, from which everything ultimately originates.
Economic resilience: building and maintaining sound businesses and encouraging people to want to be in White River and buy from White River.
The moment we are humane as a community; the levels of trust and respect towards each other is present. Our historical inequalities infused with racial hatred, injustices and intolerable public morality has ended and should not be repeated nor alluded to for the wrong reasons. We need to, as a community, fully accept our constitutional democracy founded on the values of equality, human dignity and human rights.
We take a stroll back to the house to inspect Michael’s worm farm. “This is the easiest and most successful thing we have,” he states enthusiastically. “Anything organic, we just throw on here,” he adds while showing off his worms in the compost, collected in a concrete type basin. “When it rains, the water runs through and collects in a tank underneath here. I can then pump out the worm tea.”
The spacious guest house can be rented out in its entirety or one can stay in one of the four bedrooms. Jelani is entirely self-catering and all rooms have coffee making facilities, as well as air conditioning.
“Embarking on a journey of discovery in therapy takes courage and a willingness to work hard to be able to lead one’s best life. It is an opportunity where you come with all that you know about yourself and we create a safe space together. I will come with all I know and together we unpack the issues at hand in order to gain some perspective, insights, solutions or relief.”
What is clear is that even with their dedication, passion and commitment to We Are White River, Hilton and Larissa cannot do it alone. Building and uplifting community requires community input. They are open to ideas and collaborations, so what are you waiting for?
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