Matjhabeng has many amazing women who tread deep footprints in our community, and one of them is Dulcie Harris.
Her humble beginnings helped mould her fundamental core values and shape her into being the woman of true substance and character that she is today.
Dulcie Harris was born into a chicken farming family in KwaZulu-Natal in 1966, but the family lost everything when New Castle disease wiped out the chickens in 1969.
“We moved to Bloemfontein in the middle of an icy winter. We were used to the hot Natal, and now had to acclimatise to a different province, town and life. But farming life goes on and we faced the new challenges as they arose.”
Her father, Hans Holtzhausen, taught her the value of being charitable at a very young age.
“I started doing charity work with him when I was five. I have always loved using my hands to create things.
“I learned this from my mom and dad. He taught me to crochet and knit when I was 4, and my mom (also Dulcie) taught me to sew. I used to make teeny weeny clothes for stick dolls, which I shared with the farmworkers children.
“I loved to crochet beanies and scarves for the children.”
Things did not come easily to the young Dulcie and she worked hard for what she wanted in life.
Dulcie came to Welkom 23 years ago, and is known for her generous spirit and charitable work.
One of the major projects she has initiated in this area is the annual Women’s Day Campaign in Thabong.
Dulcie has been the driving force behind it for the past 15 years.
The project started when she was the owner of the Vista Miss Goldfields project, and when she sold the project she carried on with the campaign under the auspices of Rotary, never missing a beat.
“But I have always done it in conjunction with the Thabong CPF and the Thabong Police.”
Tomorrow (09/08) on Women’s Day, Dulcie and her support group will again take to the streets of Thabong doing a door to door campaign in the informal areas.
They will be educating people about women and child abuse, and identifying needs as they move along. Where abused women and children are pinpointed or a real need is seen, they will intervene.
Every year Dulcie and her group hands out 400 food parcels on Women’s Day. Some years, when the need is great, they have handed out even more than 400 food parcels.
“It is soul destroying, but at the same time very rewarding to be able to help where it is needed the most. To give a little boy his first pair of shoes ever, is an awesome experience.”
Dulcie also manages a feeding programme at the Welkom municipal dump site. “We distribute more or less 100 meals there.
“We have been doing this for six or seven years now.”
In addition to this she is involved in charity work at children’s homes and old age centres in Matjhabeng.
“I have seen the children in the House of Hope project grow up in front of me, from toddler to teen.”
Dulcie has been a Rotarian since 2003. She is currently the president of the Rotary Club of Goldfields Sunset and she is also the governor of this area, which encompasses Welkom, Odendaalsrus and Kroonstad.
Dulcie has been bestowed with the prestigious Paul Harris Award for Service Above Self twice in her years at Rotary.
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