Giving back to the community and uplifting others’ livelihoods has been Miss Hope Botswana 2019, Opelo Mpolokang’s quest since birth and she vows she has found the right channel.
“I took the opportunity to audition so that I could use the platform to do my project called DiaBEATthis. Derived from chronic disease diabetes, the project is aimed at raising awareness on paediatric diabetes. The project deals with children living with the disease and their parents. It raises awareness on diabetes and comes up with ideas on how we can assist them,” she said n an interview with Arts and Culture.
Hope pageant is a Christian based pageant that focuses on community service. The pageantry has inspired this year’s Miss Hope and Miss Teen queens to dedicate their reign to giving back to their communities.
The pageantry is an arrangement for women and children who are passionate about making a significant difference in their communities, touching the lives of others and being a positive role model.
In an interview, Mpolokang told this publication that she saw an advert about the pageantry auditions on Facebook. She said she was eager to learn more about the pageantry and was later intrigued because she shared the same sentiments as its founders.
Mpolokang added that during her reign, she will continue touring schools to raise awareness amongst students, pupils and their teachers in the country.
She revealed that she will visit rural areas and teach the public about diabetes because the public has little or no knowledge about it.
Mpolokang further explained that the reasons she joined the pageantry was because she realised that it did not focus on contestants’ physical attributes like height
“The journey has been tough but I am grateful that at the end of the day I made it. Hope pageantry builds a real queen. It moulds a character’s communication skills and discipline,” she said.
For her part, Miss Hope Teen Botswana 2019, Olerato Rampipi said she recently donated 40 chairs to Gabane Primary School. She explained that the school has an alarming shortage of chairs leading to some children sitting on broken chairs whilst others sit on the floor during their studies.
“I would like to continue with my project and donate more chairs to other schools. This will reduce the government’s burden of buying chairs for schools. This pageant will give me a platform to push my project. I also want to be a motivational speaker therefore through this pageant, I will be able to pursue my dream,” she said.
Both queens started their journey at a tender age.
They vowed to help each other on their upcoming projects and promised to work hard towards winning the upcoming Miss Hope International pageants. The event takes place in Cape Town, South Africa (SA) on December 10 -14, 2019.
They called on the public to sponsor their trip to SA. They also thanked the pageant sponsors such as HiFi, Andasonia Hotel, Lion Tutoring and GIPS just to mention but a few for their tremendous support.