High School Musical star wraps up tour of SA

By admin
20 May 2011

Monique Coleman, best known for her role as Taylor McKessie in the hit movie High School Musical, arrived in the country last week in her Capacity as the United Nations Youth Champion.

Monique has visited several schools and youth centres around Gauteng over the past few days, raising awareness about youth issues. “My work as a youth Champion involves travelling around the world and meeting young people, leaders and volunteering with NGOs” says Monique.

“This is my first time in South Africa and I have really enjoyed my time here, it’s been wonderful. South Africa is really different from Nairobi where I have just been”. Monique is half way through her six month tour as Youth Champion which has seen her visiting Australia, Bangladesh, China, India, Kenya and Indonesia amongst others.

Monique admits that the levels of poverty she has seen have been heartbreaking. “I learnt that attitude plays a big part when you live in such abject poverty. On Monday, we visited some young people from Love life in Orange Farm and I was struck by their passion and how they survive on so little”.

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