Miss Millenium 2017, Sohea Tshireletso hosted a high tea party at Ba Isago University on Saturday, which was intended to raise funds for children living with disabilities.
During a press conference held at Millenium Jazz Restaurant recently the reigning queen said the event’s main objective was to give back to the community.
Tshireletso explained that since all the former Miss Millenium queens were engaged in various community projects, she decided to assist children with special needs in Tlokweng because her passion and talent lie in education.
“I am a teacher by profession. Former queens chose to give back to the community through different projects, but I decided to focus on education because that’s where my passion lies.
I don’t normally enter beauty pageants and had never done so, but when I heard that this year’s Miss Millenium theme was education I decided to try my luck and luckily, I won,” she said.
She said that a centre for children living with special needs in Tlokweng was one of a kind and catered for the whole country. Tshireletso added that alone, the centre could not achieve its goals. She added that she was concerned about children’s examination marks that keep dropping by the year.
Tshireletso said it was high time they the community didsomething to help the children.She also urged the community to give back to the less privileged.
“Everything that I do I use my own money. I intend to do more projects that would contribute to upgrading our children’s marks.
I urge companies to assist emerging charity organisations and not only focus on bigger ones. I am still asking for donations from both the private companies and individuals,” she said.
According to the co-founder of Millenium Jazz Restaurant, Shima Monageng, Miss Millenium 2017 was the ninth annual beauty pageant to be held. He explained that it was a pageant of difference, which
“We started this pageant 10 years ago to show mothers, grandmothers that they are still beautiful. We want them to know that they can still walk the talk. They can still look beautiful and take care of themselves. Age does not mean one has to give up on themselves because they are grandmothers, mothers, old and so forth,” he said.
He explained that their queens had different careers and roles in the community.
Even though Miss Millenium queens are passionate about their work, Managing said that they did not do it for the money, only out of passion.
He said the beauty queens were given tasks, which they did for the rest of their lives. He explained that all Miss Millenium queens held their titles forever.
He said the previous queens took care of the senior citizens in Mogoditshane, one took care of children in Moshaneng while the other one took care of a family in Mmanoko.
“They all contributed a lot to our communities. They will always be our queens till they die. Their role does not end here. We would like the 10th pageant to be worthwhile. Ten years is long. The queens have shown great dedication and sustained the pageant for long,” he said.
For her part, Miss Millenium 2012, Patience Motlhabi said she took care of 11 children who did not have a home. She said she was forced to rent them a house when she later asked for donations in South Africa and locally where she was able to build them a home.
“Those children now have a home. This pageant wants a very committed and dedicated person,” she said.