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Social Media for Social Change – 2010 Graduation

This year RLabs celebrated the 3rd annual graduation for the ‘Social Media for Social Change’ class. The event was held in spectacular fashion at Granger Bay Hotel School. The graduates were accompanied by their partners and they all looked amazing.

“You guys all look  absolutely beautiful, stunning, gorgeous and shiny and bright” said Rene Parker, director of Rlabs as she addressed the graduates.

Rene and Monique Ross from She’s The Geek fame were the Master’s of Ceremony (or is that Madam’s of Ceremony) on the night. These two ladies were also very instrumental in the training and facilitating the Mom 3.0 class of 2010. There were 18 ladies who successfully completed the course. See picture below

Mom 3.0 Class of 2010

The Reconstructed class of 2010 was a bit different this year. This time round the class was opened up to all members of the community who were only available for training in the evenings. This RLabs saw 13 graduates successfully come through the ‘Social Media for Social Change’ class of 2010. See the graduates in the pic below.

The Reconstructed Class of 2010

Bloggers  of year:

Gary SaaimanMelanie Willie and Melissa Johnson – They were the most active on the Blogosphere and all started started their own blogs.

Micro Bloggers of the year:

Megan Hickley and Wendy Jefferies – These two ladies were the most active on the micro blogging platform. The team put Megan to a challenge and she had to get 1000 tweets within  3 day but she did it in 7 days.

Social Media Enthusiast:

Vanessa Martin and Porchia Johnson – These two ladies came into our sessions not knowing anything about Social Media as they journeyed through we saw their growth and how they use Social Media to the max.

Social Media Socialite:

Jackie Biggs – Social Media Socialite was the Grand Prize and Jackie Biggs was the most active on all social media platforms that she has learned during the sessions. There was nothing that  kept her from missing a class. Watch this space for updates on her progress.

Well done to all the graduates of class 2010. Check out the pics of the graduation here

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Rayaan’s first photo shoot

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Rayaan on set preparing for his first photo shoot

Last week Saturday Rayaan was requested by his agent to go for a casting and did so. The photographer tried everything in his power to get Rayaan t0 smile and he just would not budge, the photographer then just decided to get the best pic he could.

Monday this week, the agent called to confirm that Rayaan was chosen as a feature in the ‘Mother’s Care’ catalogue to be published in the UK. We were naturally excited as this was his first casting he went for and got the featured role. At the same time Shameez and I were also concerned about how he would react on set as he can sometimes be very temperamental. To add to that, on the day of the photo shoot  Rayaan woke up with a fever and we quickly took him to the doctor. He was diagnosed with a throat and ear infection and the doctor gave him some medication. When we got back home I laid hands on Rayaan and prayed to God to make him feel better, we then gave him his medication and made him to sleep. Knowing the God that I serve I was not anxious, on the contrary I was a peace confident that Rayaan would wake up feeling a whole lot better.

Needless to say Rayaan woke up his usual chirpy old self and off we were to set. Rayaan had a really good day and it showed in his pics, the photographer was also particularly impressed with Rayaan’s pics and indicated that he would like to use him in future shoots.

Everyday I see the hand of God at work in mine and my family’s life and I think back to the time when Shameez was pregnant with Rayaan. During that time I was still heavily addicted to drugs and my heart was hardened towards others including my wife and children and because of that I refused to bond with my unborn child. He was born on June 19, 2007 and a month later I met Jesus Christ and my life turned around and I started to look at life through new eyes. Since then we have become inseparable, he just would not let me out of his sight and I’m loving every minute of it.

Stay tuned as I’m inspired to share more about my journey… To God be all the glory for great things he has done!

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