- A 21-year-old woman from Klipgat, outside Pretoria, says she started giving back to the community when she was in primary school.
- Boitshoko Molephyane visits primary schools in Klipgat outside Pretoria to donate sanitary pads, stationery, masks and school uniforms.
- She also hosts beauty pageants in the community to raise money for the less fortunate.
When 21-year-old Boitshoko Molephyane was in primary school, she knew then that she wanted to give back to the community.
Growing up in Klipgat, outside Pretoria, the young woman saw that some people in the community were less fortunate and she wanted to help wherever she could.
Back then, she noticed that some pupils didn't have stationery or a proper school uniform.
She would go home and "take book covers [and] clothes that were no longer in use and share whatever I have with [them]".
Her kindness continued even after she matriculated and in 2018, she said she decided to give back to the community the best way she could.
"I was born and raised in a disadvantaged community…where unemployment was a dominant thing. So it wasn't only the issue of not finding jobs but a lack of knowledge and exposure to opportunities.
"That's what motivated me to give back," she told News24 on Tuesday.
She started a Queen Mother Aspiring Projects programme, which asks people to contribute towards a school donations drive.
Molephyane, a second-year Bachelor of Education student at Rosebank College, would visit primary schools to donate sanitary pads, stationery, masks and school uniforms.
"The reason why I chose to assist primary school pupils is that they are innocent, and if they lack something, they start comparing themselves to other children. I also love seeing them smile when I donate things to them," she said.
As an aspiring model, she also decided to host a pageant in the community and rallied young girls women aged 6 to 25.
"With every event I host, the money goes to charity," she said.
"Titleholders also go out there and ask for donations as part of their responsibilities of giving back to the community," she added.
She said she chose to raise funds through pageants because they "provide a community with a positive role model, and promote self-confidence, leadership, poise, and strong public speaking."
"Pageants give people a chance to learn about themselves and to branch out of their comfort zones to better themselves".
Molephyane also identifies families in her community that are in need. She would visit them and assist with toiletries or groceries.
"I believe that charity begins at home, and I am a giver at heart. I am the way I am today because I know the feeling of not being appreciated or loved. So, giving back to the community is me showing my appreciation.
"Since I started [to give] at a young age, it has groomed me to be a better person."
On 9 July, she and her team intend to go to a primary school in the community to donate items.