WestportMoms is a robust, multi-platform resource. On Instagram, Facebook and their own website, they offer information and news on events for kids and parents; stores and sales, and features on interesting local women.
But founders Megan Rutstein and Melissa Post have a strong social conscience too.
The other day, they featured several ways to help victims of Hurricane Dorian.
Now they’ve teamed up with female-owned business groups in Fairfield County, to sponsor African refugees at the Our Woven Community, in Bridgeport’s Burroughs Community Center.
And they’re helping bring Zoleka Mandela to Westport, for an inspirational evening of hope. The event is Wednesday, September 18 (Pearl at Longshore).
If the name sounds familiar, it should: Zoleka is Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter. She is a 2-time breast cancer survivor, a writer and activist.
Our Woven Community teaches African refugees tangible skills, so they could earn supplemental income. Today 20 women in Bridgeport are involved, and contributing to their community. Many will be in Westport, to greet Mandela.
Mandela — who serves as ambassador to the Global Access to Cancer Care Foundation — will speak about her organization’s mission to educate physicians and oncology specialists, in areas where mortality is high. Healthcare issues and income are closely related.
Mandela’s talk is open to the public. Click here for tickets (they include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres . Proceeds will benefit the GACCF.