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In Pictures: Porky’s virtual walk in honour of GBV survivors

In Pictures: Porky’s virtual walk in honour of GBV survivors

According to recent Police records, more than 100 women are raped everyday in South Africa.

On Saturday, 26 September 2020, 32 ladies from Pietermaritzburg, lead by Theresa Pienaar, co-founder of Porky’s People, participated in the first-ever SPAR virtual walk, standing in solidarity against gender-based violence in South Africa.

The Porky’s leg of the journey, a 5-10km walk from Cascades shopping center to Parklane Spar, was inspired by and in support of rape activist, Leilani Kuter, founder of #YellowForSurvivors, an organisation that aims to shine a spotlight on survival and break the stigma rape carries.

Since sharing her personal story of the traumatic sexual assault that nearly ended her life, 28 years ago, Leilani completed a 729km walk in 2019, and more recently tightened her laces with her 448km nostalgic walk in an effort to raise funds on BackaBuddy to support rape crisis centers.

From left to right are SPAR Proteas netball captain, Bongi Msomi and rape survivor Leilani Kuter both ambassadors of the SPAR Women’s Virtual Challenge.

Chosen as one of the ambassadors for the SPAR #BeSunshine virtual walk, Leilani also participated in the event in Johannesburg and generously sponsored 10 of the Porky’s ladies to participate in the walk.

“I would like to thank SPAR and Leilani, for putting their name behind such an important cause. Most importantly, I would like to thank the ladies who joined us on our walk, shared their stories, supported loved ones who have experienced sexual misconduct and prayed for change in our country. Together we made a statement that cannot be ignored” says Theresa

Theresa Pienaar and daughter, Nadine. (Image: Kimberly Reddy Photography)

Porky’s People would like to encourage the public to make a contribution towards Leilani’s initiative.

“We are so fortunate to be a footnote in Leilani’s story and continue to be inspired by her courage and strength. We will always do our best to help amplify her message, so that more women can come forward and share their stories. Please donate to Leilani’s campaign if you can, If you can’t, paint the town Yellow!” says Theresa

To support Leilani’s campaign, make a donation on BackaBuddy here:
https://www.backabuddy.co.za/shine-the-spotlight-on-survival
Alternatively, make a donation via Snapscan

*Donors will be eligible for Section 18 tax certificates, issued by Leilani’s non-profit company, YellowForSurvivors.

In pictures, photographer, Kimberly Reddy, captured these special moments from the Gender-based violence walk.
Standing in solidarity against gender-based violence. (Image: Kimberly Reddy Photography
Charnell Sierra, Candice Biggs, Kerry Pelizzon, Rowena Human. (Image: Kimberly Reddy Photography)
Cornell Venter, Ronel Venter, Chlarissa Borain, Daina Townes, Donelle. (Image: Kimberly Reddy Photography)
Deon and Theresa Pienaar (Image: Kimberly Reddy Photography)
Charnell Sierra, Candice Biggs, Kerry Pelizon, Manuela Kossmann, Rowena Human (Image: Kimberly Reddy Photography)
Jasmin Stewart, Amy Croeser, Lucinda Baty, Bridgette Minnaar, Abigail Stewart. Image: Kimberly Reddy Photography
Image: Kimberly Reddy Photography
Getting ready to start the walk. Image: Kimberly Reddy Photography
Theresa welcoming everyone
Theresa and Nadine Pienaar. Image: Kimberly Reddy Photography
Lynn Abbott leads the ladies in prayer. Image: Kimberly Reddy Photography
Image: Kimberly Reddy Photography
Image: Kimberly Reddy Photography
Image: Kimberly Reddy Photography
Image: Kimberly Reddy Photography
Image: Kimberly Reddy Photography
Image: Kimberly Reddy Photography
Image: Kimberly Reddy Photography
Lindsay Bulmer, Salome Kotze, Cherise Hagen. Image: Kimberly Reddy Photography
Alison Retief-Ruddling. Image: Kimberly Reddy Photography
Kelly Kritzinger and Tyler Vermaak. Image: Kimberly Reddy Photography
Image: Kimberly Reddy Photography
Lauren Smith and Tammy Botha. Image: Kimberly Reddy Photography
Image: Kimberly Reddy Photography
Image: Kimberly Reddy Photography
Erin Vermaak and Esther Potgieter. Image: Kimberly Reddy Photography
Image: Kimberly Reddy Photography
Charnell Sierra and Kerry Pelizzon. Image: Kimberly Reddy Photography
Theresa and Nadine Pienaar with Ben Du Plooy. Image: Kimberly Reddy Photography
Theresa and Nadine Pienaar with Ben Du Plooy. Image: Kimberly Reddy Photography
Theresa and Nadine Pienaar. Image: Kimberly Reddy Photography
Annie Borain, Chlarissa Borain, Diane Townes, Donelle, Ronel Venter and Cornell Venter. Image: Kimberly Reddy Photography
Chlarissa and Annie Borain. Image: Kimberly Reddy Photography

Listen to Leilani’s story on the Aha Africa podcast here

Connect with Leilani and YellowForSurvivors

YellowForSurvivors was founded in 2019 by Leilani Kuter. The organisation aims to raise awareness around sexual abuse and rape, whilst raising funds to make a difference in lives of  Gender-based violence survivors in South Africa. Contact YellowForSurvivors.

Follow Leilani on Instagram or connect with her via her Facebook page.
Leilani Kuter. Image credit: Spar

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