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On the 25th of March, we celebrated the women’s international Day which was marked all over the world on the 8th of March.

We used the day to also celebrate Mother’s Day since we are still in what we termed “women’s month”.

Asides from celebrating our women, we focused on Sickle cell disease and personal development.

The event had James Miller from the NHS Surrey Heartland and Alison Costain from Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust sharing information about Sickle Cell disease and the measures in place and encouraged our community to come forward and be part of the research for the cure and management of the disease

It was also nice to see Cllr. Maureen Mwagale who represents Tilgate in the Crawley Council, speak on why the community must step up and show up more in the larger community.

She encouraged the community to start showing the potential and resources it can provide to the larger society.

She also encouraged the community to develop and evolve into a part of the community.

She related how she got into politics and why she prefers to call it governance.

She encouraged more participation of the community into governance.

Dr Gillian Orrow, the director of Growing Health Together who has been made an ambassador and honorary member of the organisation spoke about personal development and encouraged the community not to be timid and go for their visions.

She shared her personal experiences which drew a rousing applause from the audience.

Carol Heron led the Horley women’s group to support the event

The event was epoch making and the women were given gifts to take home

The lead of the organisation, Bola Odunuga expressed joy and concurred with Cllr Maureen Mwagale that the men came out in numbers to celebrate the women and asked for the continued support from the members.

Bola also expressed her gratitude to the Alliance for Better Care (ABC) and YMCA for providing free health checks

Alison Costain & James Miller