Investing in the ‘HEARTS OF YOUNG LADIES’

2015-08-05 06:01
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The campaign to find Pietermaritzburg’s ‘Young Lady with Heart 2015’ visited St John’s DSG. Some of the Grade 11 class hold the ‘seeds of hope’ and other gifts we sow into lives through community service (front, from left) Chia-Min

PHOTO: supplied The campaign to find Pietermaritzburg’s ‘Young Lady with Heart 2015’ visited St John’s DSG. Some of the Grade 11 class hold the ‘seeds of hope’ and other gifts we sow into lives through community service (front, from left) Chia-Min

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PIETERMARITZBURG high schools are encouraged to celebrate Women’s Month by participating in the campaign to find the city’s young ladies with heart.

This campaign, run in association with the Liberty Midlands Mall and local businesses, seeks to reward Grade 11 schoolgirls making a difference in their communities.

“When we invest in young women, we are investing in future business women or professionals, wives and a mothers, so we are grateful to all our sponsors for rewarding our young ladies with heart with about R30 000 in prizes,” said Ursuhla Govender.

The prizes include gift cards and goodie items from Liberty Midlands Mall, Solé Salons and Spa, SACBW and Biz Whizz with the ultimate winner receiving a package for her matric dance from Solé Salons and Spa, Lady Di Exclusive Boutique, Silver Penny, Tracey Potgieter Photography and Just Boutique.

The campaign organisers are visiting schools not only to encourage participation, but to share a message of hope and unity.

“The focus of our presentation is on the universal principle of ‘sowing and reaping’. We ask the girls to identify the seeds that have been sown in their lives by their teachers, parents, grandparents and friends. We help them see that the investment that has been made is free and unconditional and that these gifts of love, joy, hope, and peace must be treasured and nurtured,” said campaign administrator, Lara Edmonds of Just Boutique.

Last week the campaign visited St John’s DSG and Carter High where it inspired the young ladies to take the gifts they have received freely and to reinvest them in others.

“One cannot give what one has not received and that is why it is so important to sow into the lives of those less fortunate, especially the children, for this is how we will reap a ‘rainbow harvest’ in South Africa,” said Edmonds.

St John’s DSG headmaster, Simon Moore, also underlined the necessity to commit to community service as tertiary institutions are more likely to select the candidates who can show they have been involved in community projects.

Schools that would like to participate are asked to contact campaign administrators Edmonds on 084 587 0880 and Govender on 083 611 7733.

An outline of the campaign and nomination forms can also be downloaded from www.justboutique or requested by email info@justbou - Supplied

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