Cape Town - She plans to make a change in the lives of young women one step at a time.
Micia Smit, 17, is a finalist for Miss Junior South Africa 2021 and one of the main charities they need to support is Dignity Dreams, an NGO that manufactures and distributes washable sanitary pads to young women.
To alleviate their plight, the Grade 11 pupil at Curro Durbanville will host a Micia’s Walk for Dignity at Loch Lynne Wine Estate in Durbanville next month.The money raised will be used to buy dignity dream packs which includes a drawstring bag, six washable sanitary pads, a ziplock bag, multilingual instruction sheet and two pairs of panties. One washable pad is equivalent to 144 disposable pads.
“I feel extremely passionate about this organisation because I believe that something so small can make a big difference in a girl’s life. I am hoping to donate at least 10 dignity dream bags and for that I need at least 100 people to enter the walk.The washable pad will allow a girl to use and reuse it after wearing and washing it. This will also allow her to go to school and feel comfortable while she has her period,” she said.
Referring to the day of the 4km walk, Micia from Durbanville said she wants everyone to wear something red and she will give each person a red buff.
“It symbolises that we embrace the beauty of womanhood and that we respect each girl and woman for who they are, where they live and what they believe in.”
Micia has won a number of competitions over the years including Teen Miss Western Province 2020, Miss Junior Teen SA last year and Miss Pre-Teen Queen of the Universe 2015.
“When competing in pageants with a working title, charity is a big part of it. A title like Miss Junior South Africa and Teen Miss Western Province 2020 (my current title) creates a platform for you to work with. The title gives you an opportunity to make a bigger difference in your community and allows you to receive more support and create more awareness,” she added.
Chief executive of Pageants SA and Africa Pageants Carolyn Botha said: “We support Dignity Dreams because we believe in giving back to less fortunate people and to help those in need of washable sanitary wear. We ultimately give them the chance to have their dignity back and to be able to continue attending school.”
Chief executive of Dignity Dreams, Sharon Gordon said she is proud to be a beneficiary of pageants.
“They are important for educating and being brand ambassadors for washable pads. They educate, and raise funds we need to keep going.Washable pads are incredibly important for sustainability. They are eco-friendly products and should be used by everyone,” she said.
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