Beauty queen stands tall

2019-04-09 06:00
All Schumeez Scott from Lentegeur wants is to see children being allowed to live their dreams.

All Schumeez Scott from Lentegeur wants is to see children being allowed to live their dreams.

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Mitchell’s Plain’s pride and joy, Schumeez Scott (18) returned home from Gambia where she accepted her MWI Phenomenal Miss 2018/19 crown as the pageant’ first recipient, not just in South Africa but in the whole world.

Scott, who lives with Down Sydrome, was joined by her proud family, friends and residents who could not contain their excitement, jubilation and pride.

Speaking to People’s Post, the star says nothing can contain her happiness. “I am tired from the trip but I am excited and proud about my crowning.”

The beauty star urged parents to be proud of their children who are living with Down syndrome and to never hide them from society or stop them from pursuing their passions based on society’s perceptions of capable people.

“They must let their children live their dreams,” says Scott.

She adds that her father told her to always look after herself.

While in Gambia she visited homes for both the elderly and an orphanage, and handed out gifts.

This MWI Phenomenal ambassadorship is not Scott’s only priority, she has bigger fish to fry. That can be attested to by her latest venture – The Schumeez Scott Foundation.

The foundation has been up and running for quite some time now, her manager Bahia Janodien says. The foundation was established by Scott, with the help of Janodien, to empower young girls and boys in the communities, who are also living with Down syndrome.

“My wish is for Schumeez to show other kids that they can do what people have made them believe they cannot do,” Janodien says.

Scott is also extensively involved in the activities of the foundation and was part of the organising team for a fashion show that they hosted in November last year.

The event was specifically for children living with Down syndrome and the aim was to give them an opportunity to be part of something they could be proud of. It was also a means of helping them to build their confidence and self-esteem.

“The stigma is bad. People see [people with Down syndrome] as people that are retarded,” Janodien says.

“Do not ever hold your child back. Do not think because they have a disability, they cannot do what others can,” Janodien says.

She added that the foundation is run from the house and that her long-term wish is for it to have premises.

That, according to her, would make it possible to increase the number of children that they work with.

Scott’s future plans include doing more public appearances to motivate parents of children who are living with Down syndrome and also children themselves.

The reigning beauty queen who matriculated from Filia School in Goodwood would like to further her studies so that she is able to read and write. That, according to Janodien, will also help her (Scott) to be able to go through contracts. And also be able to write, in occurrences where she is maybe expected to write messages.

Those dreams have been placed on hold due to a number of delaying factors that include lack of funding. She says that institutions that cater for educational needs of learners like Scott are quite costly.

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