The sister of slain Uitenhage teacher Jayde Panayiotou has taken a stance against domestic violence by becoming one of three Bay ambassadors in the newly launched Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp Foundation.
Toni Inggs, who has been vocal during her sister’s ongoing trial, said she was honoured to be part of the foundation raising awareness of domestic violence.
“I was contacted by the Steenkamp family lawyer to be an ambassador,” she said.
“Reeva, as well as my sister Jayde, were very passionate about educating victims of domestic violence and, through this foundation, I hope we can at least prevent some women from suffering the same fate.”
The foundation, launched on what would have been Reeva’s 33rd birthday at the Boardwalk on Friday, saw the release of the “Reeva Pack”, a 44-page guide with emergency contact numbers and details of shelters.
It also contains information on what steps women can take should they become victims of any kind of abuse or domestic violence.
Inggs said many people did not want to get involved in these kinds of projects “until it actually hits home”.
She hoped something good could come out of her involvement.
“It’s tragic that something had to happen to two gorgeous women for something like this to be formed, but we’re hopeful that it will make a difference,” Inggs said.
Other local ambassadors are former Miss PE Valene Sampson and current Mr PE Nicholas Affat, while national ambassadors include former Miss SA Claudia Henkel, Liesl Schoonraad, Dawn Jorgensen, Annie Malan and Josina Machel.
The “Reeva Pack” will be available at schools, police stations and hospitals where victims of domestic violence will have free access to them.