As one of the 16 National Miss Earth South Africa finalists for 2013, I have made it my business to turn Joburg’s northern suburbs green this Women’s Day! I’m hosting a stylish fundraising event called ‘Down To Earth – with an essence of green’ at Tokyo Star in Greenside on August 8th to raise awareness for the national green causes that I support through the Miss Earth SA organisation.
Everyone is invited to join me at 7pm on August 8th – ahead of Women’s Day – for an evening of live South African music and entertainment to celebrate the green consciousness of our generation and to enjoy the sounds of local talent like acoustic band, Rob Stewart and MIXFM DJ, Mr Meen.
100% of the R50 cover charge will be donated to the Miss Earth South Africa charities, and as a result the whole event serves to raise funds for causes such as the World-Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), FreeMe, the Animal Anti-Cruelty League, the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), the South African Guide Dogs Association for the Blind and SANCCOB (Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds).
The event is my creation in response to the ultimate assignment given to the national finalists by the Miss Earth South Africa and I’ve invested myself in raising the support required to make it happen. This event has been made possible because of my wonderful Down to Earth supporters who have sponsored everything from the venue to the incredible prizes to help raise awareness about conserving our natural environment. All of my sponsors are making a difference in their own unique ways! I am proud to be associated with every one of them.
The event has been widely supported by sponsors and donors and offers more than R15,000 worth of prizes which will be given away throughout the evening. As the venue sponsor, Tokyo Star is a great supporter of environmental initiatives, while the African Angels (an NPO concerned with sustainability and enterprise development), Die Tuishuise & Victoria Manor, SKYY Vodka, Skye Photography, Clarins, Karoospace, Destiny Magazine and Karoo Comfort Zone have all come to the party and sponsored prizes because they strongly believe in the cause!
My long-term intention is to mobilise my generation to be the change that they want to see in the world and to make every day Earth Day – starting with encouraging people to make small changes to the way they do things. For example, if you’re not a vegetarian, I encourage meat free Mondays, to save electricity, unplug appliances not in use and have candlelight dinners, and don’t drink water out of plastic bottles – drink tap water and choose glass.
For further information about the Down to Earth with an essence of green event on August 8th contact me on Twitter @LucyPurdonSA.