Yonela on a roll

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EAST Lon­don’s gloomy weather did not stop the ladies and a few gen­tle­men from tak­ing part in the Queens race re­cently at the Jan Smuts ath­let­ics sta­dium.

The race, or­gan­ised by a fi­nal­ist in the Mrs Africa 2017, Yonela Jin­dela, was held to help raise funds for wash­able san­i­tary tow­els for school girls in the ru­ral ar­eas of the East­ern Cape.

Jin­dela said she had iden­ti­fied two schools that she would be work­ing with in Port St Johns. The schools she has cho­sen for her project still use the old mud struc­tures for class­rooms.

“In iden­ti­fy­ing the two schools, Mba­bal­ana Ju­nior Pri­mary School and De­deni Ju­nior Pri­mary School, I saw a need as many young girls in the ru­ral ar­eas can­not af­ford to buy san­i­tary tow­els ev­ery month.

“And it is sad [to see] how they lose out on school be­cause they do not at­tend classes as they fear be­ing em­bar­rassed at school,” she said.

Jin­dela’s giv­ing spirit does not end there; she is also cur­rently run­ning a break­fast drive with Ba­balwa Mbuku, founder of MIA

East­ern Cape, a lo­cal san­i­tary towel brand that fo­cuses on do­na­tions to schools around the East­ern Cape. They as­sist among them, Si­nomonde Pub­lic School in Orange Grove with por­ridge meals. “It came to our at­ten­tion that there are chil­dren who go to school on empty stom­achs.

“Some of them even col­lapse at school be­cause they are hun­gry. We then went around ask­ing our friends and fam­i­lies to do­nate pack­ets of por­ridge to the school. So far we have made about four de­liv­er­ies since this ini­tia­tive started in May this year,” Jin­dela said.

To vote for Jin­dela in the Mrs Africa 2017 pageant in the North West on Novem­ber 4, SMS MRS 12 to 47018. Each SMS cost R2.

“I would like to wish all women and girls a happy Women’s Month. Let us all use this month to up­lift other women. These days we see more and more women de­fam­ing other women’s char­ac­ters pub­licly and it is so sad to see other women laugh­ing about it, others even shar­ing it on so­cial me­dia. Let us all stand to­gether in de­fence of other women,” Jin­dela said.

Pic­ture: THAN­DEKA NTLONTI

DO­ING GOOD: Friends and sup­port­ers of Miss Africa 2017 fi­nal­ist Yonela Jin­dela af­ter the Queens Race held re­cently to help buy san­i­tary tow­els for girls in need

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