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Mrs Africa Foundation hosts successful PE fundraising gala dinner

By Yolanda Palezweni - Aug 22, 2016
Mrs Africa Foundation hosts successful PE fundraising gala dinner

Mrs Africa 2016 finalist, Noni Mbete, hosted a Mrs Africa Foundation Gala Dinner at the Radisson Blu hotel on Saturday, in aid of the charity organisation, Dignity Dreams, that donates sanitary towels to underprivileged women and girls across Africa.

The Mrs Africa Foundation is the official charity organisation of the Mrs Africa Pageant and is founded on the legacy of the past and present Mrs Africa titleholders, who changed lives in their communities.

Part of Noni’s Mrs Africa Journey is to support community development and empowerment initiatives that are aimed at investing in the growth of the girl child.

“Mrs Africa Foundation initiative is to give dignity back to young girls and women across African continent, we know that having your menstrual period and not being able to go to work or school can be so humiliating at times,” she told RNEWS.

“It is very important for us, who are privileged, to give back to the women in all over the continent, who cannot afford. Every time you buy a luxurious pack of sanitary pads, think of all girls, who miss school because they cannot afford sanitary pads and uses unhygienic cloths,” she said.

Bongiwe Mafani, Noni’s mother, who also works for PE-based Putco Mafani Consulting, also talked about the importance of giving back to the community and the difference the donations will make to the women’s lives in Africa.

“Sanitary pads should not be a luxury and no women or girl should have to use socks, newspaper, toilet paper or miss school during her menstrual cycle because she cannot afford sanitary ware.

“The negative impact on their education, self-esteem and dignity is permanent and the cycle of poverty will continue to grow,” said Mafani.

“One cannot change the world, but realised that if you do small things every day, you can achieve big things together. Give someone at least their Dignity Back, in any way possible.”

The Mrs Africa Foundation also has the Nzuri Project, whereby they aim to reach, treat and educate thousands of women across Africa that are suffering from Endemic Goitre and Fistula conditions.

The organisation is committed to distribute the beautiful, feminine and reusable Dignity Dreams Packs to school girls and underprivileged women in all participating Mrs Africa countries.

Apart from the tickets that were sold, Mrs Africa Foundation made more than R18 000 in an auction. The proceeds will also be donated to the Dignity Dream initiative.


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