Norwich’s big-hearted Julie aids African families
When Norwich author and beautician Julie Prentice visited a needy South African township and saw a sign, 'Beauty Parlour' nailed on a ramshackle tin shed, her heart was touched.
"The women of the township have so little, I was shocked," says Julie
, who determined that somehow she would help the township where 35 per cent of people are HIV positive.
Now, with Christmas over, Julie is hard at work in Norwich
making and selling decorative hearts to raise funds to help the township people - "and even build a new beauty parlour there... a place of well-being for local women who have so little by western standards."
Julie is pictured, right, with some of her decorative hearts - visual reminders of the needy township families. The hearts sell from £5 to £7.50p each.
In an unforgettable trip, Julie and her husband Fred
, members of Norwich Family Life Church,
visited South Africa
this year to meet Julie's long-lost sister, Anna
, who lives 200 miles east of Cape Town.
There, Anna and her husband, Deon Kruger,
are ministers at Word & Life Church
in Mossel Bay.
Their ministry also helps the township people to set up vegetable gardens, a vital source of nutrition for local families.
Julie can be contacted at Julie.email@example.com