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Margo Fargo: Food Security for Mandela day in the Community of Bloemfontein.

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

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.

It had been on of the most peaceful days i had experienced as i did the possible with believers who want to see change in our community at large.

Green hearts and Kisses,

Margo Fargo

Margo Fargo: Solwazi Primary; Orange Farm visit for the Father of our Nation

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

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.

Mandela day should be celebrated everyday no matter what the time and no matter your circumstance.

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 ,

Margo Fargo

 

Roxanne Watson: Bastille Day Fun with Girls

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

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:)

 

Mishka Patel: Let’s Inspire A Nation.

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’- Nelson Mandela

‘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!

 

 

 

‘Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great; YOU can be that great generation.’ – Nelson Mandela

It is an honour to serve, Every day should be Mandela Day.

 

Ilze Saunders: Miss Earth South Africa Food gardens – plans and check up

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

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”

With Love
xxx

Ilze Saunders

 

Ilze Saunders: Mandela Day 4 Inspire change, Make a difference.

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Mandela Day!!

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. “

With Love

Ilze Saunders

Ilze Saunders: Mandela Day 2 at Day care Centre for the Aged

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

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”.

With love

Ilze Saunders

Ilze Saunders – Mandela Day 3 Motivating and instilling hope

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Mandela Day!!

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…

With love
xxx

Ilze Saunders

 

Roxanne Watson: Mandela Day Project – Solwazi School

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

15th July 2014, Tuesday

Although today is not officially Mandela Day, the MESA family sees everyday as a Mandela Day, an opportunity to give back when we can and more importantly empower and create a sustainable space for the youth. So we starting the ball rolling early this week ahead of Mandela Day which is on Friday the 18th July, all dealing with the Solwazi primary School in the forgotten Orange farm area, in JHB. Weeks of preparation were done by many amazing MESA girls and volunteers for the official project launch day, the main focus areas of the project were Food Security and Education. Nelson Mandela created the opportunity for our nation to achieve a common future and today we have all come together to honour this by uplifting at least one South African community.

I definitely would not want to miss this project for anything, so that is why I flew up to JHB specially for this awesome day dedicated to Mabiba’s Legacy. Many people joined in on this very festive and sunny winters morning and we were very luck to have many Fantastic sponsors helping us to make this day so successful. ‘Fourways Farmers market’ donated many seedlings and compost for the Sustainable Food Garden we all worked so hard on. The Garden was creatively made using recycled old tyres that were painted bright colours. Each tyre had 6 seedlings of the same species. There was a wide Varity of vegetables planted for the school to then harvest and use for school meals. The primary school class rooms were also freshened up and given a fantastic layer of non toxic and environmentally friendly paint thanks to Self coat paint. Sponsors are like Guardian Angels, they may not always be there physically but they make all possible especially with large community projects so thank you to imperial Toyota, fourways farmers market, Meals on wheels, self coat, REDISA- waste into worth tyre recycle, cathay pacific and the many more that were associated with the MESA Mandela Day Project as well as the Miss Earth South Africa program. Without your support, we would not be able to help as many people so thank you for enlarging the capacity that we can extend ourselves too!

After a hard days work and nearing lunch time, we were given the opportunity to hand out food to the children and community members. This was all Thank to the ‘Meals on Wheels Community Service’ whom donated Many loafs of Bread, a huge pot of Pap, Chicken curry and salad; we were able to feed nearly 100 people that may not have eaten lunch that day due to financial difficulties experienced in rural areas. Food security is a very real issue in South Africa and it is such a blessing when a small community can be fed at least one hot full lunch, knowing that they will sleep tonight without the feeling of extreme hunger makes me heart smile. In all, it was a very successful day and a fantastic start to a week full of giving and kindness leading up to a Very special Birthday. Nelson Mandela, we will always continue the good fight that you worked so hard for, one day is not enough so we try make everyday; a MANDELA DAY!

Green Love and Hugs, Roxy.

Ilze Saunders: Miss Earth SA Official Mandela day at Solwazi Primary

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Miss Earth SA Mandela Day project at Solwazi Primary School in Orange farm.

Planting sustainable food gardens , reviving previously planted trees as well as painting classrooms.

A special day filled with endless sunshine, smiles and abundance of love and care. Thanks Miss Earth SA for making a massive impact in communities and being a humble reminder to us all that you have to give in order to receive, as well as to preserve to gracious Mother Earth so that she can provide for all her children.  Thanks to the Brownie Girls in Potchefstroom for the help in collecting blankets so that I could donate it to the school.

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela

“Inspire green, teach green, thriving green”

With Love

Ilze Saunders