Queen to host fundrais­ing tea party

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

THE Queen’s Na­tional Trust Fund will on Satur­day host its sixth an­nual Queen’s Gar­den Tea Party at the Royal Vil­lage of Mat­sieng as part of ef­forts to ed­u­cate and em­power dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren.

The an­nual event was launched in 2010, with guests from all walks of life min­gling with Queen ‘Mase­n­ate Mo­hato Seeiso in a re­laxed and in­for­mal set­ting to raise funds for the trust fund.

Ac­cord­ing to Her Majesty’s Deputy Pri­vate Sec­re­tary Li­neo Ram­a­bele, in keep­ing with the tea party’s flair for el­e­gance and style, this year’s catch­phrase would be “Kind­ness is fash­ion­able”.

“The Queen’s Gar­den Tea Party be­gins at 11 am, and ladies are ex­pected to wear stylish hats and buy tables which they will dec­o­rate. The lady with the best hat and most stylishly in­spir­ing ta­ble will walk away with an award as a form of mo­ti­va­tion and to­ken of ap­pre­ci­a­tion,” Ram­a­bele told the Week­ender this week.

The trust fund was es­tab­lished by the late Queen ‘Mamo­hato Bereng Seeiso in 1985, with the aim of al­le­vi­at­ing the chal­lenges faced by the un­der­priv­i­leged.

Upon Queen ‘Mamo­hato’s pass­ing in 2003, Queen ‘Mase­n­ate Mo­hato Seeiso took over the man­tle from her mother-in-law and con­tin­ued with the trust’s legacy of fos­ter­ing the ed­u­ca­tion of vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren.

Ram­a­bele said the Queen’s Na­tional Trust Fund as­sists needy stu­dents across the coun­try with school fees and other ba­sic needs such as books.

“The Queen’s Na­tional Trust Fund takes care of des­ti­tute and vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren’s school needs through­out the coun­try,” she said.

“The ben­e­fi­cia­ries are se­lected with the as­sis­tance of school prin­ci­pals and chiefs tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion their fam­ily’s back­ground and vul­ner­a­bil­ity.

“The trust has helped over 300 chil­dren coun­try­wide with some hav­ing al­ready grad­u­ated from ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions such as the Na­tional Univer­sity of Le­sotho, Limkok­wing Univer­sity and Univer­sity of Free State among oth­ers. The other ben­e­fi­cia­ries are still in var­i­ous ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions while the rest are still in high school.”

Ram­a­bele abele said the trust had come me to the aid of stu­dents who would uld oth­er­wise not have re­ceived an ed­u­ca­tion.

“The Queen’s Na­tional Trust Fund takes care of the needs of des­ti­tuteti­tute chil­dren, be it or­phaned ed or dis­abled, through­out hout the coun­try,” she said. aid. “Some may still haveve both par­ents, but theyey would be un­able to af­ford their high school needs since free ed­u­ca­tion on ends in pri­mary school. chool. And, that is where the Queen’s trust chips in.n.

“The trust stands out as the em­bod­i­ment bod­i­ment of us as a na­tion that gives a help­ing handnd to the less for­tu­nate. Since ince its dawn, it has made great reat strides to­wards reach­ing g this goal and keeps in­creas­ing ing in this re­gard each day.”

Queen ‘Mase­n­ate Mo­hato Seeiso

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