Rape survivors can turn over a new page

CEO of GRIP, Lungile Kubheka and Daleen Mulder.

MBOMBELA – Ten copies of the award-winning youth novel, Alive Again, written by the well-known Andre Eva Bosch, have recently been donated to the Greater Rape Intervention Programme (GRIP). The story, which takes place in Mpumalanga, has rape as the main theme. According to the author, who grew up in the Lowveld, it is a story of hope and inspiration.

Daleen Mulder, executive director of Bedmat and a lifelong friend of the author, donated the books during a recent fund-raiser organised by the Ladies of Harley Big Five Chapter.

Alive Again is sensitively written with young readers in mind, and the novel is a source of encouragement to young women who have been sexually assaulted and given up on their dreams. “But it is not only a book for rape survivors,” the author points out.

“It is a book which I hope will rekindle a positive outlook, whatever the circumstances of the reader.” Alive Again recently received the prestigious Sanlam Gold Award for Youth Literature.

Mulder too, has made her mark by expanding Bedmat, the family business of 54 years, and Kruger Lowveld Chamber of Business and Tourism/Nedbank award for small businesses three years ago. The business now also has a shop in White River and apart from beds and mattresses, offers a full upholstery service.

“Despite many setbacks in my life, including the loss of both a child and a husband and being assaulted in an armed robbery in my house around the time we won the business award, I was able to recover with the support and love of family, friends and colleagues. By donating these books I offer a small token of hope to young women to overcome challenges no matter what they have to face,” Mulder concluded.

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