It was a great day when young women took part in a Miss Heritage beauty contest held at Luleka Primary School in Harare last week.The contest was organised by Tembakazi Lumkwana, a young woman who wanted to raise awareness amongst the “young ones” to stay clean and abstain from unprotected and promiscuous sex. “I organised this contest to encourage young children to abstain from sexual activities and learn about the importance of preserving their bodies as their heritage,” said Tembakazi.She added tha they were also taught about the origins of their clan names and various isiXhosa cultural matters.She said the event has opened the children’s eyes on traditional affairs.She was helped in the organisation of the event by her proud mother, Noncedo Matshoba. “It was nice to see young girls coming out to celebrate this day wearing their traditional outfits. It was not only about walking the stage but we taught them important lessons,” said Noncedo. Parents from the area also attended the event to support their children.Tembakazi, who is unemployed but works part-time at Mothers To Mothers is planning more events to keep young girls focussed. “I will be staging Miss Thick for young girls to fight the stigma associated with being fat,” she declared.