Henley Dam teen to host HIV/Aids awareness event

2018-11-21 06:01
Alutta Maphanga is the organiser of Mr and Mrs Royalty.PHOTO: FACEBOOK

Alutta Maphanga is the organiser of Mr and Mrs Royalty.PHOTO: FACEBOOK

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FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD Alutta Maphanga, from Henley Dam, will host a fund-raising event to raise funds and collect clothes and food for people living with HIV.

The event, called Mr and Mr Royalty 2018, will be held at the Bessie Head Library on December 1 from 10.30 am.

The event is organised by the Alutta Labyrinth Organisation together with Basement Cotton SA.

Speaking to Echo, Alutta said she will not only be hosting a pageant but also an awareness campaign to teach people about HIV and Aids.

“The awareness event will be to equip the youth with the knowledge of HIV and Aids. We want them to know that, even if you are not infected with HIV, the disease does affect you if someone around you is infected.

“We also want to show and give support to those who are living with HIV — give them assurance that they are not alone but we are here for them, especially the young children,” she said.

Alutta said it has always been her dream to help other people when she grows up.

“I started this organisation because I wanted to help children who are orphans, underprivileged, and those who are living with HIV. I even have people who are volunteering in my organisation and making sure that those children collect their medication in time from their local clinics.

“I also help them by providing uniforms, toiletries and collecting second hand clothing for them.

“I also try to be their support system emotionally and have one-on-one sessions because I belive that it is much easier opening up to someone your age who will understand your situation but I am also working very closely with social workers,” she said.

The entrance fee for models under 12 is R100 and R150 for those over the age of 12. Models are required to collect food items and clothes in order for them to enter the competition.

Tickets for this event are R200 for adults and R100 for children which include meals. Tickets excluding meals are R120 for adults and R70 for children. RSVP to 076 414 4773 or WhatsApp 071 552 0509.

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