AVANI ex­tends com­pe­ti­tion dead­line

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AVANI Ho­tels in Le­sotho have ex­tended their Khaba Joaloka ‘ Maba­sotho Seshoeshoe com­pe­ti­tion dead­line to 26 May from 28 April 2017.

The hos­pi­tal­ity gi­ant launched the cul­tural dress de­sign com­pe­ti­tion on 3 April this year to give lo­cal fash­ion de­sign­ers and all Ba­sotho women an op­por­tu­nity to show­case their best Seshoeshoe de­signs in the race for the M10 000 cash prize which will be now be awarded on 9 June at a cer­e­mony to be held at AVANI Maseru.

It had been pre­vi­ously slated for 2 June.

The com­pe­ti­tion is aimed at cel­e­brat­ing Her Majesty ‘ Mase­n­ate Mo­hato Seeiso’s 41st birth­day in style, with the pro­ceeds to be for­warded to Her Majesty’s chil­dren’s ini­tia­tive, Hlokomela Bana.

It is open to ladies above the age of 18 who are cit­i­zens of Le­sotho and do not have im­me­di­ate fam­ily mem­bers work­ing at AVANI ho­tels. Each en­trant is ex­pected to com­pete with her best Seshoeshoe de­sign by com­plet­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion form which should be re­turned with a dig­i­tal picture of the de­sign.

The ap­pli­ca­tion forms can still be col­lected from any of the two AVANI ho­tels or can also be re­quested on AVANI’S email ad­dress (mar­ket­ing.vles@avani­ho­tels.com) and re­turned via the same ad- dress. Each ap­pli­ca­tion must be ac­com­pa­nied by the M150 en­try fee which can be paid in cash at the re­cep­tion desk of ei­ther AVANI ho­tels or de­posited into AVANI’S ac­count pro­vided on the ap­pli­ca­tion form.

In ad­di­tion to the M10 000 cash prize, the win­ner will get to have din­ner with Her Majesty, sec­ond place will get M5 000 plus an AVANI pack­age (din­ner, bed and break­fast) while third place will get M3 500 with the AVANI pack­age as well.

AVANI Ho­tels in Le­sotho’s Sales Ex­ec­u­tive Re­filoe Pheku said changes had also been made to the ad­ju­di­ca­tion process as there will no longer be vot­ing but the panel of judges will se­lect those that make it to the fi­nals.

“As the event is in­tended to cel­e­brate Queen ‘ Mase­n­ate’s birth­day and raise funds for Hlokomela Bana, we are work­ing closely with the man­age­ment of the chil­dren’s ini­tia­tive who ad­vised us to ex­tend the ap­pli­ca­tion dates be­cause the ini­tial set dates were too soon as most peo­ple were not aware of the com­pe­ti­tion,” she told the Week­ender this week.

“The fi­nal day was also sup­posed to be on 2 June which is the ex­act date of Her Majesty birth­day but then since the elec­tions are the fol­low­ing day (3 June) we had to shift it to the fol­low­ing week­end as we re­alised that most peo­ple would be fo­cused on elec­tions on 2 June.

“Af­ter the clos­ing date, the en­trants were sup­posed to be ad­ju­di­cated by a panel of judges who would re­duce the num­ber to 40 who were to com­pete for pub­lic votes. Changes are that the top 40 will now be se­lected by AVANI Ho­tels man­age­ment team to­gether with Hlokomela Bana Foun­da­tion man­age­ment by rais­ing of hands, thus vot­ing.

“The panel of judges com­pris­ing of five gen­tle­men from dif­fer­ent back­grounds of cul­ture, pageantry and fash­ion will work on the re­main­ing 40 to come up with the top three which they will an­nounce on the fi­nal day,” she said.

Ms Pheku also said that the com­pe­ti­tion was not only open to fash­ion de­sign­ers and women should see this as an op­por­tu­nity to help the vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren.

“The re­sponse has been great so far but then I would like to en­cour­age all women who are cit­i­zens of Le­sotho to seize the op­por­tu­nity be­cause it is not only open to fash­ion de­sign­ers but any­one with an orig­i­nal de­sign she be­lieves in.

“By just en­ter­ing, one is al­ready con­tribut­ing to­wards Hlokomela Bana so I would like to urge fel­low women to see the prize as just a cherry on top and en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion as their way of as­sist­ing Hlokomela Bana to stretch out its hand to more chil­dren around the coun­try,” she said.

AVANI Ho­tels in Le­sotho have ex­tended the Seshoeshoe com­pe­ti­tion dead­line to 26 May.

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