Saturday, January 16, 2021

The Wellness Parlour spa day attracts women from as far as Kasane

The present day woman carries a lot on her shoulders; she performs a balancing act of being a career woman by day, capable farmer’s wife and/or mother after hours, so said Boitshwarelo Lebang, who was a compere on Saturday at the Phakalane Golf Estate at The Wellness Parlour, and The Standard Chartered Diva Club Account’s collaborative Me Day.

Me Day was to be the day women left their chores at home, put their feet up and be pampered by massage therapists (while they networked). The Wellness Parlour, who are the organisers, put together a day that hosted 150 women and a team of 30 massage therapists from the Wellness Centre and Gaborone Technical College and invited experts to provide much needed information on cervical cancer, how robust your will is and skin care.

Rachel Nekati, owner of The Wellness Parlour says, “Women don’t find enough opportunities to relax and freely ask experts questions that concern them, on issues such as drawing up a will.” Me Day affords them a chance to do so, she says, due to the intimateness and female only participation.

Some Standard Chartered’s Diva Club Account holders attended the event from Selebi Phikwe, Francistown and Kasane. The Diva Club Account, which avails to its customers reduction on a cross section of services, afforded its members 15% discount on tickets,
Dr Calvin Dowa of Molapo Medical Centre presented a talk on cervical cancer, alerting the attendees that cervical cancer is caused by several types of a virus called human papillomaviruses (HPV). The virus spreads through sexual contact usually accompanied by other STIs. Cervical Cancer can only be detected through a Pap smear test that should be taken annually as the earlier the cancerous cells are discovered the more effectively they can be treated.

Kgaotsang Matthews, of Moribame Matthews Attorneys, ran a candid short quiz that revealed that only two out of the 150 attendees had drawn up a will; she advised if one has company shares, dependents or a single parent, they could draw one. A will, she said among other things, can inform your choice of guardian for your children if you should pass away.

Matthews also said anyone over 16 years of age may draw a will with two witnesses (who do not benefit from the will) to sign on every page in accordance with the law. Another feature that your will must satisfy is identification; it should describe well who you are. She said that legal advice must be sought for clarity on drawing up a will.

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