Fikelephi interview on Premier Christian Radio with Maria Rodrigues-Toth on her show Women to Women. Click on the link:-
We just wanted to say a big thank you to all who attended the book launch. We were well over our numbers with a hundred and sixty people. But the Hotel coped very well and provided more chairs and food. The feedback was that everyone more than enjoyed the evening, with poems, music, book readings & a little wake up call to the issues of Domestic Violence. To which we fundraised & sold two hundred books on the night. Through Fikelephi Jackson Ministries, proceeds, to go towards Mentees in need and other beneficiaries, including victims of abuse & bringing about awareness of this terrible crime.
Through the theme of International Women’s Month Celebration, we also like to thank all those who took part at this spectacular fundraising book launch event, from our special guest artists, speakers, royal & birthday presentations through to the benefactors who paid well over the retail price of the book. These are those who made a statement that want to make a full Stop! to violence against women and girls.
The book entitled, ‘Against All Odds’ by Fikelephi Jackson was launch as part of the International Women’s Month Celebration. This Must-Have book is based on a true story which carries a message of hope and restoration. It will transform, liberate and change your life. Endorsed by the venerable Betty Makoni who finds in Fikelephi many women at grassroots breaking barriers who otherwise cannot share their stories. Betty sees a new leadership on domestic violence is emerging.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR. Fikelephi Jackson is a happily married mother of seven. She has worked in various capacities as a counsellor, workshop facilitator, public speaker, mentor and Christian minister. Fikelephi more than qualifies for the role of an advocacy for her cause, which is borne out of her personal experiences, which she has survived. She has committed this in her book about these experiences which she called “<em>Against All Odds.</em>” “<em>Against All odds</em>” It is an incredible story of her as a baby born in the regions of apartheid Southern Africa, from the very moment she entered the world she only had one parent. Her father already murdered for Political reasons. Fike grew up only to have to defy the bully of her partner, who equates violence frequently to a daily affair, she manages to escape, but with a weakened self image and bruised body. Now in the UK, she is shocked by the tragic and untimely death of her lovely, lovely angel of a daughter! How Fike, believes in hope, is truly against all odds.
Hence, her calling for the this work, much of which she has already been doing very successfully and feels it is now time to expand this work. <em>You are therefore, invited to make a purchase of this book and by so doing you will join Fike and many others who have already joined this philanthropic venture. </em> The book launch also consisted of a newly releasing theme song, which will be made available on CD soon.
All sales, proceeds and donations by benefactors will go towards the new Community Interest Company (CIC) called Fikelephi Jackson Ministries (FJM), which is a Non Profit Organisation (NPO). The aim is to provide assistance to victims of abuse and discrimination and other beneficiaries of the services that will be made available to help fill existing gaps provided by Local Authorities and other Voluntary Organisations.
“Against All Odds: I Survived” at the Official Launch of Betty Makoni story: “Never Again, Not to Any Woman or Girl Again;” made a striking impression on attendees and the media as Fike (short for Fikelephi), briefly rolled out her story that gave some light to her past experience of physical and emotional abuse.
The event was also held as the Girl Child Network Worldwide Fundraiser, which highlighted that violence against women and girls must stop once and for all and so it was said
We made a decision to be victorious and not victims!!
The Director of Programme was one of the most influential Black Women in Europe – Pauline Long, indeed it was a night to reflect, speak, laugh, cry, fundraise, give, take, dance, and hug and forge ahead.
The featured speakers were the Founder of Help Us Help Ourselves – Stephanie Chiyangwa and Founder of Power of Business Networking and Rural Child Education, Sponsor – Linda Satimburwa. Betty Makoni is Founder of Girl Child Network Worldwide, recently selected to be a member of UK Team of Experts for Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, CNN Hero 2009 and Honoured by UNIFEM Good will Ambassador Nicole Kidman and named one of the 150 women who shake the world. She has 32 prestigious awards for excellence, innovation and creativity in girls’ empowerment. Last but not the least guest speaker was none other than; Her Royal Highness Princess Deun Arize Adedoyin-Solari.
This was evident by guests bringing old dresses and clothes; just anything that donors felt has outlived its usefulness for events organiser’s charity shop. All proceeds from this event go to Girl Child Network Worldwide Girls Empowerment and Education Fund. Guests were able to get their signed copy of book. In the atmosphere of strictly wining and dining; inspiring and aspiring in the warmth of the Thurrock Hotel, where the networking opportunities were worth staying until the late hours of the night.
Below: Fikelephi meets Jill Garner, the Chair for Restored an international alliance of Christian organisations. Our mutual cause is to end violence against women and girls.