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The Brave Radnan Shave

Updated: Oct 28, 2019

Gennarosity Abroad is a non-profit organisation that aims to provide education, skills and vocational training, health, literacy, clean water, employment, aid relief, and support to the populations in Africa. Starting out as the dream of one woman, Gennarosity Abroad is now a fully functional and established charity that has completed international development projects.

The work we have done is only just the beginning to the difference we want to make in this world.

Gennarosity Abroad was nominated Top 10 for the MasterCard and UN Women’s Project Inspire; 5 Minutes to Change the World Competition, 2011, which aims to promote the empowerment of women around the world. Project Inspire was where we first presented the idea of our now completed, Grandma Jenny’s Training Centre. This year we have been nominated for the 2014 CALI Awards.

The main fundraiser going ahead for Gennarosity Abroad this year is The Brave Radnan Shave. From a young age, we are taught to believe by society and by the media, that to be a woman, and to be a beautiful woman at that, part of the condition is that you need to have long, shiny, soft, and well maintained hair. This is the ideal of femininity and beauty.

Here at Gennarosity Abroad, we believe that brains, a good heart, and the determination to succeed are what make you a strong woman. So, my sisters, Gabby and Steffi Radnan, and myself - all daughters of the Aspen Pharmacare employee, Warren Radnan - are going to shed this attachment to an aesthetic ideal and show that you can be a bald woman and you can still be beautiful, and you can still be strong, and you can still be smart and talented.

The women in Africa who don’t have the luxury of having well-maintained hair prove this every day, and so we are going to do this in honour of them. And we are going to show our support for them by raising funds to help empower these women through education, namely at Grandma Jenny’s Training Centre. We are not going to supply them with beauty products, or give them makeovers, or buy them a new wardrobe.

None of these things are important. We are giving them the opportunity to become strong women of the heart and the mind. And we will help them put forward their best asset; themselves.

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