Fundraiser for beauty queens falls short

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

THE Beauty Pageant As­so­ci­a­tion of Le­sotho (BPAL) hosted a gala din­ner on Satur­day to fundraise for beauty queens who will rep­re­sent the coun­try at var­i­ous in­ter­na­tional pageants.

Dubbed “Thota-ea-moli”, and held at Avani Le­sotho Ho­tel in Maseru, the event was meant to raise funds for the six fi­nal­ists of the Miss Le­sotho and Face of Le­sotho 2015 pageants so they can rep­re­sent the coun­try over­sees later this year.

The gala din­ner co­in­cided with BPAL’S ac­cep­tance into the Miss Africa pageant, last week, which ush­ered Le­sotho’s en­try into the con­ti­nen­tal glam­our show. Miss Africa, to be held for the first time next year in Botswana, is open to ladies be­tween the ages of 17 and 27.

Among those in at­ten­dance at the glit­ter­ing event was Gaborone Mayor Kag­iso Thut­loe, Miss Africa Deaf CEO Noku­lutha Mbatha, Miss Africa CEO Bruce Leonard, In­dian As­so­ci­a­tion of Le­sotho (IAL) rep­re­sen­ta­tives and se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials.

Dur­ing the event, the Miss Africa del­e­ga­tion pledged to foot the bill for Miss Le­sotho 2015, Rele­bo­hile Ko­beli’s plane ticket to the Miss World 2015 pageant in Sanya, China which will run from Novem­ber to De­cem­ber.

Ac­cord­ing to Leonard, there would also pitch in with P1 000 (about M1 282) to­wards other ex­penses dur­ing the pageant.

“Beauty pageants, just like Miss Africa, de­fine the African woman to the world the way we Africans want them to per­ceive us, whilst also pro­mot­ing the spirit of tourism, unity and di­ver­sity,” he said.

On its part, IAL pledged an all-ex­pens­e­s­paid trip for Bongiswa Hesman to the Miss Her­itage 2015 in Chandi­garh, In­dia on 6 De­cem­ber. Hail­ing from Qacha’s Nek, Hesman is the for­mer Face of Le­sotho and reign­ing Queen of Le­sotho.

Said IAL pres­i­dent Sahila Peerb­hai: “IAL has al­ways been sup­port­ing pageants in Le­sotho as we see the par­tic­i­pants as fu­ture lead­ers and am­bas­sadors for Le­sotho.

“The as­so­ci­a­tion will pay all the costs for Le­sotho’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the Miss Her­itage 2015 which will be held in In­dia, and we hope this will serve as an ex­am­ple for the gov­ern­ment of Le­sotho to spon­sor pageants as they mar­ket the coun­try’s tourism sec­tor.”

Speak­ing on be­half of BPAL, former­rmer beauty queen, Kara­belo Mokoallo-tšosane, sane, lauded “Thota-ea-moli”, say­ing it served ed to up­lift the pageantry sec­tor.

“Back in the day when we were still con­test­ing in pageants, we did not know where­here to go or who to meet to get sup­port forr our in­ter­na­tional trips,” she said.

“But my trip to the Miss Hu­man­ity In­ter­na­tional pageant in 2011 man­aged to bring to Le­sotho the first ever in­ter­na­tional pageant.

“Tak­ing part in pageants is not lim­ited ed to the ti­tle but mar­kets the coun­try’s tourism­rism sec­tor. So let us sup­port these ladies as they are go­ing to mar­ket our coun­try.”

The other con­tes­tants for whom the fundraiser had been held in­cluded Miss Le­sotho First Princess, Molulela Monyake, who will com­pete at the Miss Tourism World 2015 in Tai­wan in Novem­ber, while Sec­ond Princess, Mosele Morema, left for Kosovo on 16 Au­gust to com­pete in the Miss Free­dom World 2015.

Face of Le­sotho 2015, Mojabeng Senekal, will strut her stuff at the Face of Beauty In­ter­na­tional 2015 in Tai­wan on 4 Septem­ber, while her Sec­ond Princess, Retšepile Mo- hale, will com­pete at the Miss In­ter­na­tional 2015 in Ja­pan on 5 Novem­ber.

Mean­while, a For­eign Af­fairs min­istry rep­re­sen­ta­tive promised to fa­cil­i­tate free visas for the par­tic­i­pants and to en­sure their up­keep is taken care of by Le­sotho em­bassies in the coun­tries they will be vis­it­ing.

How­ever, the pledges were not enough to cater for the es­ti­mated M55 000 needed by each con­tes­tant, with the or­gan­is­ers still be­set with the oner­ous task of rais­ing more money.

Miss Le­sotho First Princess Molulela Monyake. Face of Le­sotho sec­ond Princess

retšepile Mo­hale

Miss Le­sotho 2015 rele­bo­hile Ko­beli. For­mer Face of Le­sotho

Bongiswa Hesman.

Face of Le­sotho 2015 Mojabeng senekal.

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