Stage set for 'Miss Broadhurst' pageant

Ten young women will battle it out in the 'Miss Broadhurst' beauty pageant organised by a newly formed group of young women called City Angeles at Gaborone's Tsholofelo Community Hall on November 28.

Entry fee is P50 all-round.
Group secretary, Neo Khumalo, says the pageant is aimed at raising money for charity. The group will also engage in a litter-picking campaign in Broadhurst the next day. The group was formed recently with an objective to address different social ills and it has three members. They are Onkemetse Kgwakgwe (chairperson), Nonofo Ipotseng (treasurer) and Khumalo.

Khumalo said with resources permitting they intend to make the pageant an annual event. Khumalo said they formed the organisation because they felt there were many young people who needed help.

She said the world is afflicted by a lot of social ills among them substance abuse, unemployment and crime, and that they want to help young people stay away from anti-social behaviour.

 "Our objective is based on the Vision 2016 pillar of a more compassionate and caring nation" Khumalo explained. She added that though there are other organisations dealing with what they are doing they felt it is not enough.

The group intends to work with similar groups to benchmark their efforts. Khumalo said they want to achieve their objectives by hosting workshops and seminars to share information with people.

She said since they are not experts in areas they want to address they will soon engage with different stakeholders to also familiarise themselves with different issues. Khumalo said currently they are confined to Gaborone, but their dream is to grow and spread to other areas in future.

The ambitious trio said they have financial problems, but are confident that their organisation will grow because they have support from their families.

"We believe in ourselves and we know we will make it," she said. The group also appealed to all Batswana to help them, as theirs is a worthy cause.

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