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A JUNIOR MISS BOTSWANA FOR A SPECIAL PURPOSE

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hildren, their adorable, candid plum faces will light up any mood and shake up a gloomy atmosphere. Ask any parent and they will tell you about the unparalleled vibrancy that a child’s presence brings. Now, imagine what atmosphere is created when you bring together 30 beautiful confidence oozing happy little girls in a beauty contest. Phakalane Golf and Hotel Resort was the place to be as the little ones strutted their staff in the tough Second Junior Miss Botswana competition on November 16.

Thirteen year old, Hazel Gaelebale a student at Sir Seretse Khama(SSK), beat other 19 contestants in the over 10 year-old category. Like her name hazel ensured she not only led her peers: she made it a point the judges and the crowd undoubtedly saw her as the favourite. With a height to make the worlds’ top models wince, and beady hazel eyes that open into the character that won the judges favor, she sparkled through in a glittering light blue evening gown.

Her confidence, brilliance and precision in answering the question, “What are your strengths and how would you help the less privileged?” she answers constructively,“ For one to be successful one has to be passionate, my greatest strength is writing, I love writing, and would like to use my skill to help the less privileged children, I would write them short stories so they learn how to express themselves,”  she fluently, and confidently  addresses the question to a roar of applause from the cheery crowd.

Flanking her as the 1st princess was Karina Kedisaletse who also exuded a high level of confidence and speech eloquence. Also taking to the walkway was Yolanda Nsimba who landed in 3rd position after wowing the crowd by exhibiting sheer brilliance in problem solving.

In the under 10 category, little Irene Tinkane smiled her way to victory to become the next little Miss Junior Miss Botswana. Her walkway confidence had shined through earlier in a fashion show that was arranged prior to the event and leading her peers on the ramp.

She was flanked by Lebopo Semetsa and Babumbi Mazwiduma respectively. The three little girls were among those who raised more money in an earlier fundraiser for childline Botswana.

Gracing the event was the beautiful light skinned blonde haired former Junior Miss Botswana Kamillah Mohamed and her two princesses.

The soft spoken, dimpled Kamillah radiated warmth as her beautiful smile infected the audience. Throughout her reign she worked with childLine and touched many a vulnerable children. She hopes her predecessors will emulate her.

Former beauty queens and models, Ms Queen Kolobe of Madam Queen Modeling Agency and Ms Rumbi Chakamba of SuperModels Inc. who are the brains behind Junior Miss Botswana initiated the pageant last year to build confidence in the girl child, instill modeling skills on young women as well as cultivate a humane spirit of giving.

 “We want to make a difference by imparting our modeling skills on the young girls, to groom them from a tender age,” says Queen.

“Being a beauty queen-or ambassador encapsulates an array of factors. One should be able to contribute to nation building. We teach the girl child to work hard and give back to the community, for this reason we have established ties with ChildLine Botswana where the proceeds the girls make as part of the competition are donated to assist the children there. Last year we raised money for the organisation and this year the contestants raised more money, well over P10, 000,” the former queen says excitedly.

Director of ChildLine Botswana, Ms Onkemetse Montsheki appreciates the enormous support her organisation has been getting from Junior Miss Botswana organisers since the pageant inauguration in 2012.

“They have been able to help us by raising money for the organisation, they bought groceries for us last year, we appreciate the fact that the donations money they give us is free and we can disburse it anyhow given the our needs and impending ones such as ill  health of our children ”

The donation is especially important she says, because donors normally affix a specific purpose for the money they donate to organisations such as Childline. This makes it difficult for them to do other things with it.

Ms Montsheki says currently they have 20 children under their care. Some of these children are only a few months old.

“These children have been abandoned immediately after birth due to postnatal depression, others have been neglected, others, their mothers are in prison, others due to family problems,while others are here as a result of child abuse.” ENDS

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