‘Ladies with Heart’ in round-robin interviews

2015-09-16 06:00
PHOTO: Tracey Potgieter 

The 20 semi-finalists for the ‘Young Lady With Heart 2015’ campaign, with event organisers, during their round-robin interviews.

PHOTO: Tracey Potgieter The 20 semi-finalists for the ‘Young Lady With Heart 2015’ campaign, with event organisers, during their round-robin interviews.

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THE 20 semi-finalists for “A Young Lady with Heart 2015“ spent their last Saturday morning together and enjoyed tea and presentation with their teachers followed by a series of “round-robin interviews” with the selection panel, made up of local business women who have a passion for the development of young women.

“In previous years, the panel selected five finalists who then went on to a community SMS vote,” said campaign administrator Lara Edmonds.

“But as this year’s campaign is very much a journey, the young ladies will be assessed at each step.” The girls have each been given a mentor who, with their teacher, will assist them with the group’s outreach project and host their table at the awards dinner.

“The semi-finalists are returning to their schools with a challenge in aid of Pietermaritzburg Community Chest and a project run by MNCP,” said Ursuhla Govender, campaign administrator.

“Schools, parents and members of the public are encouraged to support their young ladies in this campaign which we have called ‘Open your Heart and Fill the Chest’.”

The objective of MNCP is to provide hope, practical support and encouragement to the many families facing hardship in the community Ezekethini just outside Pietermaritzburg. MNCP’s work focuses mainly on orphaned and neglected children and the following items need to be collected:

•Basic food items, non perishable.

•Stationery for the pre-school, (jumbo colouring books and crayon, A4 photocopying paper).

•Children’s books (suitable for ages one to five) - new or good second-hand.

•Children’s clothes (ages one to 12 boys and girls) - new or good second-hand.

On 24 September (Heritage Day) the “Young Lady with Heart” team will visit an area they have collected for on behalf of MNCP and will serve the community at a breakfast club for 300 children.

Should you, as a community member, want to get involved with the project we encourage you to link up with the girl nominated in an area closest to you. - Supplied.

For more information about MNCP, contact Sandra on

033 342 6525, Lara on 084 587 0880 or Ursuhla on 083 611 7733, campaign administrators.

Semi-finalists are returning to their schools with a challenge in aid of Pietermaritzburg Community Chest and a project run by MNCP

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