School ambassador Kiara in it to win it

2018-04-04 06:00
Kiara Singh with some of the toys she collected from her toy drive, to be donated to the less-fortunate. PHOTO: supplied

Kiara Singh with some of the toys she collected from her toy drive, to be donated to the less-fortunate. PHOTO: supplied

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KIARA Singh is pushing on in memory of her late father after being selected as the only candidate from Pietermaritzburg and one of 15 in the country for the Miss SA Schools Ambassador competition.

A Grade 12 pupil from Raisethorpe Secondary School, Kiara originally entered the competition as a joint project with her father who died last year, leaving the project as a distant memory in her mind until she was informed by her school that she had been selected as a finalist for the competition.

“It came as a huge shock for me when the school informed me that I had been chosen. My entry was actually put through on my dad’s name so that was quite emotional for me,” said Kiara.

The competition serves as a way to get female pupils involved in their community and to serve as ambassadors for their schools.

Finalists are required to represent their schools as well as give back and get involved in community work.

Kiara has embarked on her own charitable campaign titled “Girls in Heels”, which serves to bring attention to diabetes, cardiac awareness and pulmonary fibrosis, all of which her dad suffered from.

With the motto of the competition being: “Be the change you want to see in the world”, Kiara has since started a toy drive, collecting toys for the underprivileged and distributing them through Rivlife Church. She will also be setting up a cake sale, with all funds collected going towards a charity close to her heart. The finals for the Miss SA Schools Ambassador will be held in Pretoria, with first leg starting at Gold Reef City on May 25, and ending at the Sheraton Hotel on May 26. Those looking to offer their support for Kiara can go to the Miss SA Schools Ambassador’s Facebook page and like and share her picture or visit her profile and do the same.

Kiara’s form teacher, D. Gobind, said that she and the school are extremely proud of her. Gobind said: “I share a close bond with her given that I have been teaching her since Grade 8, and I hope she takes her passion for giving further with the help of this competition.”

Kiara said: “If I win I would like to take it further and be involved in charity projects across South Africa. I am competing in memory of my father, who taught me how to give with purpose and not just with prayer.”

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