I salute my mother for overcoming her drug past – Liesl Laurie

2015-04-08 15:30

Newly crowned Miss South Africa Liesl Laurie has hit the ground running, tackling heavy issues such as drug addiction in the first week of her reign.

Her first official duty as Miss SA took Laurie back to her hometown of Eldorado Park.

She joined the 67 Blankets campaign and helped to knit blankets for girls from the Hadassah Centre for Women in De Deur. The centre helps young women overcome problems such as drug addiction, abuse and prostitution.

Laurie is passionate about empowering young women to believe in themselves and to never give up on their dreams. This passion is inspired by her own hardships and her mother’s journey of overcoming drug addiction.

Her mother Karen, who is a high school teacher, told the Sowetan that her recovery was a long and difficult road for both her children.

Liesl explained that watching her mother overcome the obstacles in her own life taught her so much.

“Watching her go through these obstacles taught me that it doesn’t matter how far down you fall. You can always get up, dust yourself and start building again. I salute her,” she said.

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