Auction raises funds for women empowerment

Carin Wiese, coordinator of Link2Grows mentorship programme, from Welgedacht; Suzanne Leighton, Link2Grows secretary from Constantia; and curator and owner of New Heritage Gallery, Shay Davis.

Funds were raised from artworks sponsored to empower women from disadvantaged backgrounds, at Link2Grow’s benefit auction, held on Saturday September 9 at New Heritage Gallery in Shortmarket Street.

Shay Davis, curator and owner of the gallery, facilitated the high-spirited bidding session of paintings donated by 11 artists from Spencer Street Art Studio.

Carin Wiese of Link2Grow said all funds raised would go directly to the new mentorship programme at Good Hope Seminary and other projects that empower women and girls.

Hannl Cronje, Link2Grow chairperson, said the aim is to create a society of empowered women contributing to an environment free of gender bias and supporting equal rights in their families, community and workplace.

She said they currently have 30 professional women who provide a mentorship programme with Good Hope Seminary in Gardens.

“We prepare young women to be ready for tertiary education and to make the correct career choices,” she said.

An exhibition of their work runs until Thursday September 28, at New Heritage Gallery and D’Vine Art Room. For more information about Link2Grow, email, or visit