Face to face with former Mrs India SA finalist

2016-11-24 06:02
Photo: supplied Former Mrs India SA finalist, May Peters is now being crowned Goodwill Ambassador SA for project Zero to Hero.

Photo: supplied Former Mrs India SA finalist, May Peters is now being crowned Goodwill Ambassador SA for project Zero to Hero.

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LOCAL woman May Peters (44) from Tongaat who represented KZN north coast region in the Mrs India SA in 2015 encourages women to speak out about abuse.

The Weekly talks to her about her road to success.

Coastal Weekly (CW): Where are you from originally?

May Peters (MP): I grew up in Stanger Heights in KwaDukuza. In 1990 I finished school and in 1996 I left the area and moved to Johannesburg where I later got married. I came back to Stanger in 2013. In July this year I relocated to Tongaat.

CW: Who inspired you to achieve what you have in life?

MP: I motivate myself. My inspiration comes from within.

CW: Tell us about your relationship with South African Forum for the Abused and what attracted you to join them?

MP: I became a model at a young age but entered the industry again after my husband died. I was one of the finalists in the Mrs India SA pageant and it opened many doors for me. I then realised that it was important for me to join an organisation that promotes the rights of the women and children.

My involvement with abused women and children motivated me to do more community work in order to assist communities. I was chosen by the forum to represent, promote and create awareness on women and children abuse on a project called Zero to Hero.

CW: Why Zero to Hero?

MP: The aim is to empower women and children who have been the victims of abuse. Every year we talk about the 16 Days of Activism, but I feel that there is nothing being done to raise awareness on women abuse.

My aim is to take away social responsibilities from the government and get deeper into community activities that will benefit our residents.

I believe that it is important to volunteer and make a difference in our communities.

Throughout my experience in working with people I found that victims tend to believe a story of another person who had been a victim of abuse.

CW: When you are involved in community outreach projects, what do you do?

MP: I have opened a model and dance school as part of my individuality and strength.

CW: After representing KZN north coast in Mrs India SA last year, what comes next?

MP: I was appointed as goodwill ambassador for the project Zero to Hero a year ago. On 26 November the South African Forum for the Abused will honour me as the ambassador of goodwill at Mancosa College.

The forum is astounded by my dedication and commitment to reach out and touch lives in a positive way. The story that I am going to give at the function is called a journey on survival. In addition to that, I will be representing SA in USA for the forum for the abused women in South Africa. I will be working closely with the Tongaat Child and Family Welfare Society and Tongaat SAPS.

CW: What advice do you have for aspiring model who may want to follow in your footsteps?

MP: I would like to motivate women to pursue their dreams and not give up. I am a living testimony that there is life after abuse.


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