Arama Features Clare Jethwa
Clare is one of the most active busy bees we know; full of energy and showing no signs of slowing down even with a brand new knee! She is one of Arama’s incredible mentors with a passion for proper grammar and a good glass of scotch!
Name: Clare Jethwa
Her Fam Jam: 3 noisy sons, 2 wonderful daughters in law and 5 incredible grand kids
Her extended FamJam: 3 sisters, 1 brother and loads more! Apparently her family is as big as some Indian families!
What does she do?
Clare is retired but is kept super busy as the National Chairman of the East Africa Women’s League.
A week in the life of Clare:
- Mass on Sundays where she sings in the choir
- Lunches with friends on Sundays
- Emails and facebook stalking on weekday mornings followed by League meetings
- Toastmaster meetings on Tuesday evenings and Bridge once a week too!
- Some evenings she babysits her beautiful granddaughter – Indiana
- Sometimes drive to Nakuru or Nanyuki for meetings – (She drives! On her own!!!)
- In between all of that (huh?) she enjoys knitting, cross stitch and embroidery… and crossword puzzles too.
- Regular religious discussion group meetings
Favourite Sports: Cricket is her favourite, but tennis Grand Slams must also be watched and of course she can’t miss the Tour de France (Christopher Froome hello!!) and rugby too!
How does she do all this stuff?! “The more I do, the younger I feel” (and looks!)
Her most vivid memory as a young girl? Sadly being bullied at boarding school (Aww)
Proud Achievements? No question! Bringing up her 3 sons to be valuable members of the community
She’s recently had knee replacement surgery – how does she still run around? She doesn’t actually run much in the literal sense – She stuck to her physiotherapy post surgery and it seems to have paid off!
Her future plans? To take a long trip to the Antipodes where she has loads of family and friends. And she would love to visit the Caribbean.
Her message to those under 60? Do not worry because, as her mother used to say, “worrying never did anybody any good”. She attempts to live by that mantra though it is not always easy.
Life’s Lows? Her son’s car accident and the death of her husband.
Life’s Highs? Holding her babies, and her babies’ babies in her arms. Nothing beats being a mother and a grandmother.