THE fact that she has the re­spon­si­bil­ity to care for her mother who has a chal­lenge with her eye­sight, has not pre­vented Rashè Thomp­son from ex­celling in beauty pageants.

The 18-year-old Unisa stu­dent was blown away upon re­ceiv­ing news that she is one of the cho­sen fi­nal­ists for the Miss SA An­gel of Mercy 2018 com­pe­ti­tion, with a sash and crown be­ing handed over to her at her home in Brei­d­bach on Fri­day.

Miss SA An­gel of Mercy 2018 is a com­pe­ti­tion, which not only fo­cuses on the beauty of par­tic­i­pants, but also the role and im­por­tance of com­mu­nity and char­ity in the work­place.

As a fi­nal­ist, she now has the op­por­tu­nity to com­pete against par­tic­i­pants from other prov­inces at the pageant in Jo­han­nes­burg in Oc­to­ber.

Thomp­son told the GO! & Ex­press that she felt over­whelmed by the achieve­ment, say­ing she never thought she would make it this far. She at­trib­uted her suc­cess to men­tor, Bren­don Gosling of Ri­h­naj Mod­els In­cor­po­rated, and the over­whelm­ing sup­port from her mother, friends and the King Wil­liam’s Town com­mu­nity.

“The feel­ing is amaz­ing and it all started when I was brows­ing through Face­book and saw that there were a lot of pageants one could en­ter. I asked Bren­don if I could en­ter to which he said ‘yes’.”

“I’m a very shy per­son but I’m build­ing my con­fi­dence through the mod­el­ling shows for Miss Teen SA 2018 and I am cur­rently study­ing ac­count­ing sci­ence through Unisa be­cause I have to look af­ter my mom at home,” the for­mer Brei­d­bach Sec­ondary ma­tric­u­lant said.

Gosling said: “Since Rashè joined Ri­h­naj Mod­els about six years ago, she has played an ac­tive role in all the char­ity and com­mu­nity work we did, such as with Ek­wezi Chil­dren’s Home, Project Make a Child Smile, and Project White Christ­mas. “Whether we were col­lect­ing clothes, paint­ing faces, hand­ing out food or giv­ing chil­dren gifts on Christ­mas Day, she has al­ways been right by my side as­sist­ing and do what­ever she can.”

Gosling added: “Her pas­sion for do­ing good, giv­ing back and try­ing to make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of oth­ers, has been re­warded and I have no doubt that she will win the na­tional ti­tle Miss SA An­gel of Mercy 2018”.

Her mother, Rehlda Thomp­son, said: “I’m very proud of her achieve­ment and I am happy that she has made the en­tire com­mu­nity proud.”

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PROUD FI­NAL­IST: Rashè Thomp­son is a Miss SA An­gel of Mercy 2018 fi­nal­ist and will rep­re­sent her prov­ince in the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in Jo­han­nes­burg later this year

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