Past Pupil, Michelle Botha, talks to the school about the courage to be vulnerable

On July 21st, 2016, posted in: Featured, News, Past Pupils, Service by

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Michelle, Panda and Shirley HardingWynberg Girls’ High were thoroughly entertained inspired by Michelle Botha today, as she shared a little of her story of blindness, guide dogs and courage.

Michelle is a past pupil of Wynberg. After matriculating here in 2006, she went on to UCT where she studied English, History and Gender Studies and eventually graduated with a Masters in Social Science. She now works for the Cape Town Society for the Blind based in Salt River where she assists young blind job seekers to find suitable employment. She makes use of a guide dog, Panda and is very involved with the work of the SA Guide Dogs Association. Promoting awareness of the blind, and the challenges they confront, is part of her portfolio at the Cape Town Society for the Blind.

In a witty and entertaining address, she told us of her journey in accepting her disability when all her school and many of her university days had been spent trying to hide it. What an extraordinary journey it was: a story of having the courage to be vulnerable.  It is a powerful message and there is little doubt that Michelle is an enormously talented young  woman and a very fine ambassador for the society.

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