A local fashion designer is calling on the public to attend her free pre-Ramadan event taking place on Saturday 5 May at Belgravia High School hall in Veld Road.The event, hosted by Modestly Captured’s Zaahida Ackerdien, aims to empower and showcase local talent across the Cape Flats. The Modest Designer Fashion Pre-Ramadan pop-up launch will showcase a variety of modest wear, delicacies and pre-Ramadan essentials under one roof. Some of the proceeds from the event will aid underprivileged individuals across the city.Ackerdien, a mother of three, says the best part of hosting the event is to also create a business platform for local fashion designers and small businesses, including herself, where all can market their brands better and provide better services and quality for their clients.“My aim in doing the modest launches is to also give all local designers that are in the same industry a chance to show their skills and to help inspire young designers who are starting out. “Many people draw inspiration from others, and through my business concepts I want to become a voice in the local fashion and beauty industry, so that all local designers can reach greater levels,” she says.“Empowering each other locally, through creative events like these, helps to create a business platform for entrepreneurs in Cape Town and it also teaches them to work well together as a team and grow, ultimately creating a difference by supporting local and empowering all.”This is not the first event for Ackerdien. The busy event planner has already hosted several successful events over the last few months. “I also hosted four successful Modest Fashion Designer pop-up launches and a runway launch fashion show, which was an awesome experience. It hasn’t been easy to put these events together because so much time, planning and marketing go into it so that it can be a success for all the designers and small businesses.“With this, another aim was my feeding project where we went to feed the underprivileged from a percentage of the funds generated from the events hosted in 2017. The aim of the initiative, which I called the ‘Help Society Grow’ initiative, was to make a difference by giving back, which myself and my husband organised,” she says.“It is not just about giving back – I am helping to feed a community but also go further in making a difference in the lives of those who are unemployed and wish to become an entrepreneur or designer crafter and start a business which eventually will grow. Remember, nothing comes easy in life. I’m so passionate in what I do and solely put my trust in my Creator.“I believe that nothing is impossible if you work hard and stay focused. Always believe in yourself, seek the horizon, reach success, set goals and reach your dreams,” she adds.Several local businesses, including community organisations offering free advice and consultation to the public will be available on the day. Entry to the event, which takes place from 10:00 to 17:00 at Belgravia High School on the day, is free of charge. V For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.