The committed members of the ABC Ladies Club have weathered the different challenges of the past year through standing together as a group of committed friends.
While they have met for a Christmas celebratory breakfast at the Mercure Hotel in Bedfordview for the past 21 years, this was the first year they sang Silent Night together in both English and German at their Christmas meeting.
They were led in song by talented opera singer Christiaan Snyman, who showcased his talent at the breakfast, singing Christmas carols and other favourites which left the ladies reminiscing over their 21 years of friendship, and their special moments with ABC.
Anneliese Plettenbacher (club founder), with opera singer and special guest Christiaan Snyman.
Christiaan sang without a microphone, a magnificent feat considering his velvety voice resonated throughout the entire hotel restaurant area.
Once again the group honoured different charity initiatives through handovers at the breakfast. Funds were raised for the Help-The-Child Fund and Little Eden and these were handed out to Elizabeth de Beer (from Help-The-Child Fund) and Melanie van Wyk (from Little Eden), by Anneliese Plettenbacher (club founder) and Milanie Reynolds (club public relations officer) respectively.
Milanie Reynolds (club public relations officer) and Anneliese Plettenbacher (club founder) with Melanie van Wyk from Little Eden.
The morning was coloured by cracker-pulling, chatting, networking and singing.
Going forward, Anneliese said she believes that 2020 is a year the ladies could look forward to, saying that they had stood together for 21 years and she was looking forward to many more to come.
The next meeting of the ABC Ladies Club will feature Nita Fourie, with a talk and demonstration on lavender, and will be held on February 20.
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Sarah Jane and Estelle Marx (chairlady of the Constantia Damesklub, Pretoria).
*Main Image: ABC founder, Anneliese Plettenbacher, with Elizabeth de Beer (from the Help The Child Fund).