Young Lady With Heart 2016 winners named

2016-10-26 06:00
Ashley Venter of   Haythorne Secondary School receives the title of A Young Lady with Heart 2016. She was selected by a panel of judges for the contribution she had made to her school and community and honoured for the maturity, wisdom, compassion, determination to ‘make a difference’ and especially her philosophy to embrace an ‘attitude of gratitude’ in spite of difficult personal circumstances.PHOTO: Jackie Cook

Ashley Venter of Haythorne Secondary School receives the title of A Young Lady with Heart 2016. She was selected by a panel of judges for the contribution she had made to her school and community and honoured for the maturity, wisdom, compassion, determination to ‘make a difference’ and especially her philosophy to embrace an ‘attitude of gratitude’ in spite of difficult personal circumstances.PHOTO: Jackie Cook

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ASHLEY Venter from Haythorne Secondary has been named the A Young Lady with Heart 2016 at the annual gala awards dinner at Victoria Country Club at the weekend.

Princess Loza from Russell High and Gianna Singh from Raisethorpe Secondary School were awarded second and third place respectively.

The top three ladies received prizes from The Liberty Midlands Mall, Marcos Jewellers, So’le Salons and Foodpak. Brittney Wernich of Voortrekker High School won the popular Facebook Competition and was awarded a spa voucher to Senses Day Spa from Maritzburg Fever. Each finalist also received gifts.

The event, which featured elegant décor by Décor Divas, was the highlight of a three-month journey which began with a call for nominations in mid-July. The YLWH campaign seeks to honour and reward Grade 11 school girls making a difference in their schools and communities. This year 15 local high schools in the Pietermaritzburg and surrounding districts nominated 96 very unique young ladies from which 20 semi-finalists were chosen.

The young ladies then attended an interview with six local business women followed by an art workshop with Artfarts and a dance workshop with Lisa Jennings School of Dance. The purpose of these workshops was to create special gifts for the school they would visit on Heritage Day and to learn a flash mob dance.

This year’s project was once again determined by Community Chest, which asked the YLWH team to tackle a sensitive, but relevant issue, the desperate need for sanitary towels at a local high school where adolescent girls were absent from school because they could not afford these basic hygiene products. This absence from school obviously has a direct impact on their academic performance.

The 2016 YLWH group set out on a joint quest to collect 7 000 packs of sanitary towels. One of the highlights of the journey this year was the Heritage Day event which started with breakfast at Stay Easy Hotel, followed by a series of flash mob dances at the Liberty Midlands Mall. This unique public dance really served to launch the YLWH Sanitary Towel Drive as a video of it by Elation Productions went viral on Facebook. The group then visited Copesville Secondary, the school the campaign was assisting.

At the school they exchanged gifts and spoils, enjoyed a tea, built a fun sanitary pad tower which was very well received by the pupils at Copesville Secondary School.

Each girl inspired her school and community to come on board and a number of young ladies received fabulous support from local businesses.

Cara Bailey of Grace College, Gianna Singh of Raisethorpe Secondary School and Brittney Wernich of Voortrekker High School received a special mention for collecting enough money or packs for approximately 5 000 packs of sanitary towels. The final tally has yet to be done by The Pietermaritzburg Community Chest, but the organisers are confident that the YLWH 2016 group has achieved, if not exceeded their goal.

The administrators of the campaign, Urshula Govender and Lara Edmonds, thanked everyone involved in making the 2016 campaign a success. - Supplied.

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