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Ilze Saunders, Miss Earth South Africa,visits the CHOC (Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa) Garden House and joins the senior ladies from the Bryanston Garden Club in planting a seed of hope and supporting our beautiful children who are suffering from cancer and life threatening blood disorders. One Thursday morning a month, the senior ladies dedicate to the betterment of CHOC House Garden.
This Green Glam Girl works towards “keeping more than hope alive”!
After weeks of planning in advance and having the favour of receiving generous sponsors for my Mandela day Projects made it easier for me to make the most of what I had.
In the community I live in, abuse and neglect is considered common. After having the Colonel of the SAPS police station and various organisations who were willing to contribute to my greening projects I was swell with joy.
We managed to plant a total of nine beautiful vegetable gardens for the alleviation of Food insecurity in the community. Various Volunteers and leaders in my area took a stand and acted upon this initiative. Food Parcels were handed out to indentified households in need with a two month supply worth of food. The department of Agriculture sponsored my project with two more trees as a symbol of growth and hope for the future.
Another project that took place is the 670 Sandwiches that were distributed across the city in broken communities and day care centers in the townships of Bloemfontein. I had the opportunity to donate bread to make them. The city of Bloemfontein had people smiling with Joy and appreciation by the Generosity that was shown throughout the day.
Green hearts and Kisses,
My day started at 1am taking a bus to Kroonstad and carpooling to my destination with a small travel bag and two boxes filled with my delicate seedlings and most of all, excitement for the long road to Johannesburg.
What a beautiful day it was investing our time in the Miss earth South Africa committed project of making the conditions of Solwazi Primary School better for a united Mandela day Project.It was a privelage to have had spent the day with our our leaders as well as Semi-Finalists all across the country. The community was eager and most of all, the school children did not hesitate to get their hands down and dirty. The most beautiful part of my day was when a school girl named Refilwe took me by the hand and introduced me to her mother. That made it all the more worth it. A productive day of planting a food Garden with a team of volunteers,parents as well as the beautiful Ashanti Mbanga. I had the opportunity to grasp the time of the other ladies in the programme and felt inspired by each of them.
A special thank you to Eco paint, 4 ways Farmers Market and Meals on Wheels for generously donating the necessary tools and food to make the day a Success.
Green Hands ,
14th July 2014, Monday
Today I found myself in JHB, I have 0ffically made it my second home as I tend to spend more time up here than in Durban these days! However I have been loving the change of pace and different surroundings to the usual, I consider myself very lucky that I do get to experience both unique provinces.
Its Bastille Day today and for those of you whom do not know what that means, it is a day dedicated to celebrate the wonderful country of France! Here is the mini history lesson: The French National Day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the Storming of the Bastille on the 14 July 1789. The Bastille had been known for holding political prisoners whose writings had displeased the royal government, and was thus a symbol of the absolutism of the monarchy. This day is dedicated to remembering the struggles of the past for the brighter and freer future that France has today. France and many other countries around the world homing the French people celebrate with lavish parties and fireworks. I have been lucky enough to be in Paris on Bastille Day in 2012 for the countries celebrations, the Eiffel Tower is lit up with beautiful fairy lights and there are many people waving French flags, eating amazing French food and basically everything is covered with red, blue and white to show the appreciation of such a culturally rich country.
This year I spent my Bastille day with some of the Miss Earth South Africa Semi Finalists and ladies at a Fantastic function held in Melrose Arch in Sandton JHB organised by the French Consulate. In true French style, it was a very classy affair with Champagne, Tables of French breads, hams and cheeses and spectacular live French Jazz being sung. The evening was very merry with many French people enjoying their heritage as well as come cool local celebs such as Mr Derek Watts enjoying the festivities too. I had the most Amazing evening, it really made me miss my travels to France but I am very happy I got to spend this special day with some of the MESA family.
Green love, Roxy:)
‘No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his backround, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can learn to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.’- Nelson Mandela
18 July 2014
Nelson Mandela Day
It is the fifth year since the United Nations declared July 18, Madiba’s birthday, an international day aimed at “bringing people together to fight poverty and promote peace and reconciliation”.
What an honour to Have a platform like Miss Earth South Africa, on a day like this, to celebrate such an honourable man, an icon, the Father of our Nation.
My 67 minutes of Service extended to 3events for Madiba and three things very close to my heart: Children, Animals and the Homeless.
I spent my morning with my Child Welfare SA Stellenbosch family, talking about a new project I will be running that we will call: ‘Help a Local Child’. I am so excited to be an Ambassador for them and to be able to help them and bring awareness to my community, about the Child Welfare SA. My main focus with this project is to involve schools, businesses, communities and individuals and educate them firstly on the importance of supporting initiatives like these and how important it is to stand together in order to make the change that we NEED to see. This project will require individuals or businesses to donate any form of clothing/toys/books/stationery/toiletries or a financial donation to the CWSA – That will go to a child between the ages of 0-18.
My 67 minutes Started at the Indawo Lutsha Youth Centre in Stellenbosch, with the some of the Toys For Africa Ambassadors (Rico Fourie and Alette Winkler, Wife of Heinzz Winkler)- We handed out educational toys and pens along with Phusa, who also gave them a fun and cute educational lesson on Mandela and the Big 5, as well as South Africa.
My heart was so overjoyed about my next 67min of service: Wellington SPCA
‘Be the voice for those who can not speak’- Mishka Patel
My last 67min for Madiba was at the Dragon Room in Cape Town, Walking for Gabriela Fraser Designs and Forecast Raincoats at the No Danger Diaries Fashion Show event: All the clothes and money on tickets went straight to the Homeless in Cape Town!
It is an honour to serve, Every day should be Mandela Day.
Sustainable food gardening proses with Seeds. Growing forward project, moving forward for a better green future.
Every week when I visit the Day care centre for the aged and helping the caretaker in the kitchen prepare food, I’m becoming more and more excited. My vegetables are growing!!!
This is our future plans for the Ikageng Day care Centre for the aged. Making our community edible. The Day Care centre will use this plot to have food, as well as a park where the aged can be active to increase their health.
“If we do not permit the earth to produce beauty and joy, it will in the end not produce food, either.”
“Inspire green, Teach green, Thriving green”
Inspire change, make a difference.
As Miss Earth South Africa ambassador in association with Build It, a Solar geyser was sponsored to the Promosa Thuso Ya Batho Feeding scheme. This NPO provides food to +-500 people of the community and school children daily. They use fire to prepare food and they have no hot water. To reduce their Carbon footprint we are providing them with a solar geyser so they can use less fire, its energy efficient and more environmentally friendly. An immense thank you to Build It for sponsoring the solar geyser.
”Inspire green, teach green, thriving green. “
Make every day Mandela Day!
I Have never been scared of digging into the soil and get my hands dirty, a monumental thanks to Miss Earth South Africa for enable us to do so and also promoting a positive change and uplifting our beautiful country. Planting vegetable gardens and promoting food security with Janet Potgieter Mrs African Queen 2014 and Sir Africa Stephen Chritian Ohajiaka at the Day Care Centre for the Aged.
An immense thank you to Imuno Active for sponsoring the Garden tools, cake and Imuno Booster for the day care.
“Inspire green, teach green, thriving green”.
Uplifting a community no matter the circumstances.
Spending a humble time at the female prison motivating and instilling hope with Janet Potgieter Mrs African Queen 2014, Sir Africa Stephen Chritian Ohajiaka, Mr Africa Runner up Charles Itumeleng Monaheng, Aganang FM, Medi Clinic, ER24, K9Productions Verity Veritas Phiri and Care4all South Africa.
To give inspires me! Touching one person at a time and creating hope…