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“A mother is a truest friend we have when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavour by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” - Washington Irving

There’s a lot to say and be thankful for, but how do you thank the very person who brought you into this world? How do you thank someone for feeling the hurt each time you fall, for the sleepless nights, for the sacrifices and compromises made, and for a lifetime of worry?

This year as part of celebrating Mother’s day, NDB Women’s Social Club care-taker committee led by Manager Women In Business Mataria Rupa-Tau organised a tea break where mothers from the head office gathered to share their experience and thoughts about mother’s day.

“Not every mother here at Head Office will have the opportunity to celebrate mother’s day with their families due to varying reasons and circumstances resulting in it been like any other regular day. So we thought it was only proper to celebrate this day to pay tribute to the women folk here.” Ms Tau stated.

She reiterated that “Every female is destined to be a mother and so our celebrations included all females regardless of their marital or maternal status ensuring no one missed out. We categorised everyone in the following:

  1. Mother (Married or Single and has children and grandchildren for some)
  2. Expectant Mother or Mother to Be
  3. Mother In The Waiting (Single or Married and Yet to Have Children)

The day took off on a high note with all females turning up to work in either a Meri Blouse or Meri Dress. The excitement grew as the program proceeded with the exchange of gifts amongst secret friends and emotional yet inspiring five minutes video piece on six brave mothers who came forward to share their experience and thoughts about Mother’s Day which had everyone shed a tear or two.

One of the interviewees, Evodia Palanga, explained how the little things that her mum does that had inspired her to be what she had grew into. “Little things like preparing breakfast for my kids and I just because she wants my kids and I to be early for work and school means a lot to me and for that I am thankful.” Evodia added.

A member of the club, Eltha Pokanau described the mother’s day program as being unique in conveying a significant message of hope to all women in different walks of lives.  “The courageous women who shared their stories were quite touching and I personally have learnt a lot. Behind every story told or untold, there is hope and endurance that God has inbuilt in every women to face the challenges of motherhood.” Eltha highlighted.

For some, motherhood offered different testimonies of love, loss and hope and this year was significantly memorable as it was captured on video adding value and appreciation of one’s experience which many didn’t know their female colleague had or was going through.

NDB Social Women’s Club with its motto “Networking, Because We Care” was established early this year with the objective of gathering all women (single and married) at head office to network and interact amongst each other, share ideas, discuss issues on health, family and work, events and involve in activities that provides assistance to the community at large. The club holds monthly meeting and this mother’s day celebration marks the fifth meeting for this year.

NDB Mothers contemplating the meaning of 'Mother's Day'.