Beauty queens line up pageant for char­ity

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

SIX­TEEN beauty queens and mod­els have col­lab­o­rated in or­gan­is­ing a pageant meant to raise funds for al­le­vi­at­ing the plight of vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren.

The Miss Back­2s­chool con­test, which will be held on 30 Jan­uary 2016 at a venue yet to be con­firmed, is be­ing or­gan­ised by a group of mod­els col­lec­tively called Roy­als of Le­sotho.

The pageant is be­ing spear­headed by for­mer Miss Crown Royale, Tho­toane Mot­lomelo, who pi­loted the ini­tia­tive in Jan­uary last year with three other beauty queens.

Mot­lomelo told the Week­ender this week that as much as the pageant was meant to pro­mote the lo­cal modelling in­dus­try, their main in­ten­tion was to as­sist vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren.

She said the pro­ceeds from last year’s edi­tion as­sisted 15 pupils from Tšosane Pri­mary School with uni­forms and other ba­sic needs such as school bags and sta­tionery.

“I come from Motim­poso where most chil­dren come from fam­i­lies strug­gling to make ends meet, with some go­ing to school wear­ing tat­tered uni­forms or even bare­foot,” Mot­lomelo said.

“I was touched by the plight of the kids whom I meet ev­ery day ei­ther go­ing to school or on their way back home wear­ing worn out uni­forms.

“As a beauty queen, I thought a pageant would be an ap­pro­pri­ate tool to raise funds and raise aware­ness about the chal­lenges th­ese kids are fac­ing, hence we came up with Miss Back­2s­chool pageant to­gether with the three ladies I was work­ing with last year.”

In ad­di­tion to the pageant, she said there were other ac­tiv­i­ties lined up to raise funds to as­sist the vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren.

“Be­sides the Miss Back­2s­chool con­test, which will be held on 30 Jan­uary 2016 at a yet to be con­firmed venue, we have come up with other ideas meant to help more chil­dren,” she said.

“Our ul­ti­mate goal is to hold a fundrais­ing gala din­ner. How­ever, at the mo­ment our fo­cus is on print­ing T-shirts and host­ing other events to raise money.”

Mot­lomelo said needy Phuthi­at­sana Pri­mary School stu­dents had been ear­marked as ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the up­com­ing pageant. She said the win­ner of the Miss Back­2s­chool con­test would visit var­i­ous schools to iden­tify vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren who can be as­sisted in fu­ture.

“Our queen (Miss Back­2s­chool 2016) will be re­spon­si­ble for gath­er­ing in­for­ma­tion on the num­ber of chil­dren in need so we can know the task at hand,” she said.

“We are plan­ning to gen­er­ate re­sources be­fore the win­ter sea­son starts be­cause it is a pe­riod in which vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren suf­fer the most as they have no means of keep­ing them­selves warm.”

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