We’re teaming up with various organisations to celebrate the amazing women in our midst, women who work incredibly hard, in-and-out-of-the office. For the months leading up to Women’s Day on 9th August, we have selected some real powerhouse women to showcase to you!
Alison led a quiet life in Port Elizabeth, until one fatal night everything changed. Alison became a household name overnight with national newspaper, radio and television coverage of this remarkable lady who continues to inspire, motivate and enthuse all those who listen to her unbelievable story and the lessons we can learn from it.
The story of ‘Alison’ hit headline news throughout SA in December 1994 when she was abducted by two men at knifepoint, repeatedly raped and stabbed and left for dead on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth. Having had her throat slit 16 times and 35 stab wounds in the abdomen, Alison held her head up with one hand, and, holding her intestines in with the other, she crawled to the road where she collapsed. She was found by a young medical student and after waiting two hours for an ambulance, was taken to hospital. On arrival, no one ever believed that a person with such severe wounds could possibly live! But she did! Alison is no ordinary lady, she not only has an exceptional will to live, but she has an unbelievable attitude towards life and everyone can learn from her.
The fact that Alison survived has been acclaimed a medical miracle, but the fact that she has chosen not to be bitter, but to learn from her experience and share her lessons with everyone she can, is more of a miracle. Alison believes that it is her choice as to how she sees this experience and she has chosen to learn from it. After an interview with Mike Lipkin, she is quoted as saying, ‘If I could go back in time and somehow have prevented what happened to me, I’m not sure that I would, because it took that traumatic experience for me to realise my personal power and what I’m really capable of doing. Through the experience, I am now empowered to help so many people’.
Her story is inspirational and her message powerful. You will leave in awe of this remarkable lady, with a brand new perspective on life!