The Take A Girl Child To Work Day, initiated by Cell C in 2003, is an annual event in South Africa, where companies host school girls from disadvantaged communities to spend a day at their place of work. The learners are hosted by women who have made strides in their careers and thereby given exposure to the world of work and representation of women who have overcome similar challenges that girls today face.

This is a potentially life-changing campaign for school girls across the country as it demonstrates what is possible when you have a dream and apply yourself to achieving it.

Murray & Roberts hosted a group of grade 12 learners from a number of schools in Gauteng, who are supported by the Tomorrow Trust, for a morning of inspiration, motivation and learning.

The Tomorrow Trust is a non-profit organisation supported by Murray & Roberts. The organisation provides educational support to vulnerable children, in order to facilitate improved results on their National Certificate, allowing the learners better access to tertiary opportunities. The educational support includes holiday schools to address challenges in Mathematics, English, Life Sciences and Physical Science, as well as comprehensive psycho-social care where required.

The highlight of the morning was an engaging talk by Millicent Katsane, who represented Career Wise, an organisation that provides support to the Murray & Roberts bursary and graduate programme. Millicent took us through her upbringing and how she turned obstacles and challenges into opportunities andvaluable life lessons. Members of the Murray & Roberts Forum for Professional Women also delivered a short presentation on their careers and personal journeys to success.

“Our day at Murray & Roberts was very interesting. We learnt about careers that we did not know about and can now consider for ourselves. Having the opportunity to meet business women and listen to their life experiences was very inspiring and motivating. Thank you to Murray & Roberts and Tomorrow Trust for giving us this opportunity – it was a memorable day!” said Amandle, Ntokozo, Portia and Amanda, who attended the day.

The morning concluded with a luncheon and presentation on formal dining etiquette, which proved to be educational for everyone in attendance!