Miss Junior SA finalist aims to make a difference in girls’ lives

2016-12-14 06:01
Chanté Rossouw from PE is a national finalist in the Miss Junior SA pageant. Photo: SUPPLIED

Chanté Rossouw from PE is a national finalist in the Miss Junior SA pageant. Photo: SUPPLIED

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FROM gracing the PE Express’s front page as the first ever Miss Matric Dance winner to becoming a national finalist in the Miss Junior SA pageant, Chanté Rossouw is definitely going places and not letting the grass grow under her feet on her way there.

Rossouw (20) matriculated from DF Malherbe High School in 2014.

She is currently a law student at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU).

As part of the Miss Junior SA Pageant, Rossouw is on a mission to raise funds for a Happy Days campaign that aims to provide sanitary pads to more than three million South African schoolgirls and she needs the community’s help to achieve her goal.

The Miss Junior SA Pageant and the Happy Days Foundation entered into a partnership that later became the charity of choice in the annual beauty pageant.

The Happy Days Foundation was founded by Ramona Kasavan as a non-profit organisation in 2013.

It was created to address challenges faced by young women in South Africa. The organisation donates sanitary pads via sponsors and CSI departments and teaches women entrepreneurial skills that help alleviate high levels of unemployment.

Caroline Baldwin Botha, the pageant director of Miss Junior South Africa, stated, “The Miss Junior SA Pageant concept is unique compared to other pageants.

“The mission, vision and objectives of the pageant are aimed at instilling in contestants the importance of uplifting people in our local communities, building, community pride, promoting intercultural understanding and increasing external appreciation and support of the problems these communities face.

“In addition, beauty pageants are about breaking stereotypes and raising awareness of feminine issues, so I can’t think of a better campaign than the Happy Days one in which to have our young ladies participate and make a difference in,” Botha said.

Rossouw said, “As part of my journey as a national finalist for Miss Junior SA, I have to raise funds, as well as public awareness of the Happy Days campaign. Each month these girls from disadvantaged communities are in danger of having to skip several days of school for the lack of something most girls take for granted: sanitary pads.

“I am very excited about the partnership between Miss Junior SA and Happy Days. I am looking forward to making a difference in the lives of girls who come from underprivileged areas and to help keep them in school,” Rossouw added.

Anyone interested in contributing to the cause can contact Chanté on 083 261 1611 or chanterossouw9@gmail.com.

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