Lo­cal le­ar­ner in na­ti­o­nal com­pe­ti­ti­on

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Voorblad - N­wa­bi­sa Pon­do­yi

A lo­cal beau­ty, Me­gan van Heer­den, is a fi­na­list in the Miss High S­chool SA 2017 com­pe­ti­ti­on and will com­pe­te for the tit­le in Jo­han­nes­burg on 9 De­cem­ber.

The com­pe­ti­ti­on is ai­med at i­den­ti­fying brig­ht young in­di­vi­du­als to re­pre­sent high s­chool stu­dents a­cross South A­fri­ca through va­ri­ous i­ni­ti­a­ti­ves, with the main one being to sup­port the Gi­rl Po­wer Foun­da­ti­on.

The ob­jecti­ve of the pa­ge­ant is to em­po­wer young gi­rls through e­du­ca­ti­on and par­ti­ci­pa­ting in cha­ri­ty work, the­re­fo­re buil­ding so­ci­al a­wa­re­ness and re­spon­si­bi­li­ty.

Me­gan, a Gra­de 9 le­ar­ner from Ashford Chris­ti­an S­chool (the old Knys­na Chris­ti­an S­chool), de­ci­ded to ta­ke on the pro­ject of a “me­rit shop” at Doro­thy Bros­ter c­hild­ren’s ho­me as part of a re­wards pro­gram­me en­coura­ging good be­ha­vi­our a­mong the c­hild­ren.

The ho­me has 50 c­hild­ren be­t­ween the a­ges of one and 18, and Me­gan ex­tends an in­vi­ta­ti­on to lo­cals to help her rai­se the re­wards i­tems, which she will de­li­ver at the ho­me on 18 No­vem­ber.

The 15-y­e­ar-old says, “My he­art g­oes out to pe­op­le and I cho­se the ho­me be­cau­se I know t­his will me­an so much to them. They don’t ha­ve the sa­me op­por­tu­ni­ties that so­me of us ha­ve been pre­sen­ted with and so­me of the c­hild­ren from the ho­me mig­ht be lacking a pur­po­se to li­ve be­cau­se of w­hat they’ve been through – so t­his is al­so to ma­ke them know they mat­ter and are worthy.”

Me­gan’s mot­her Me­lin­da Pot­gie­ter says her daug­h­ter has al­ways had a he­art for c­hild­ren. “For as long as I can re­mem­ber Me­gan has al­ways wan­ted to be in­vol­ved in cha­ri­ty work. She has a big he­art and t­his is a gre­at op­por­tu­ni­ty for her to do w­hat she al­ways wan­ted to do. T­his com­ple­ments her per­so­na­li­ty.”

The com­pe­ti­ti­on is al­so me­ant to build con­fi­den­ce and le­a­ders­hip skills. The win­ning young wo­men would al­so be­co­me ro­le mo­dels in their schools, com­mu­ni­ties, ot­her schools and to young c­hild­ren a­cross the coun­try.

The fi­na­lis­ts we­re se­lected out of hund­reds of en­tries, from a­cross the coun­try.

To vo­te for Me­gan, vi­sit the Miss High S­chool SA Fa­ce­book page and li­ke the young beau­ty’s pic­tu­re.

So­me i­de­as of w­hat to do­na­te

He­ad­bands and hai­r­bands, hai­r­brus­hes; bo­dy lo­ti­on; lip balm; ma­ke-up i­tems; be­ad bra­ce­lets; nail po­lish; pho­tos fra­mes; de­o­do­rants; to­wels, blan­kets and cool drink bott­les prin­ted with a­ni­ma­ti­on cha­rac­ters; toy cars; balls; arts and crafts sets; co­lou­ring books and cra­yons or pen­cils; co­lour pens

You can e­ven do­na­te your ti­me/ser­vi­ces should you be a hai­r­dres­ser or beau­ti­ci­an etc., by of­fe­ring a hai­r­cut/ma­ni­cu­re/pe­di­cu­re/ craft acti­vi­ty or works­hop as a monthly re­ward that you can go and do for them at the ho­me.

To do­na­te, ple­a­se con­tact Me­lin­da Pot­gie­ter on 071 144 7928.

* For mo­re in­for­ma­ti­on, and to le­arn mo­re a­bout Miss High S­chool SA’s of­fi­ci­al cau­se to rai­se a­wa­re­ness for teen is­su­es, ple­a­se vi­sit www.miss­hig­hschool.co.za.

P­ho­to: Sup­p­lied

Me­gan van Heer­den is ex­ten­ding an in­vi­ta­ti­on to lo­cals to help her rai­se “re­wards” i­tems for Doro­thy Bros­ter c­hild­ren’s ho­me.

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