Posts Tagged ‘Tamerin Jardine’

Boipelo Malope: Melville Koppies Clean up

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Consol glass bottle? Check. Hat and sunscreen? Check. Black plastic bags and heavy duty gloves? Check. Destination? Melville Koppies, West. On Friday the 31st of May 2013, I and two other Miss Earth Regional Finalists Denicke Cronje and Thato Mngoma took a 4 hour and 30 minute drive to the Gauteng Province.

We eventually arrived in Johannesburg where it was finally time to prepare for the morning ahead… The Melville Koppies, West clean up. The four Miss Earth South Africa Free State finalists were excited, yet nervous as we never really knew what was expected of us. It was finally time to meet some of the Regional finalists that could join us, volunteers, our very own Miss Earth South Africa 2013, Tamerin Jardine, Miss Earth South Africa 2012 Brand ambassador, Annchen Richer and our amazing anchors from the head office, Ella, Catherine, Georgina and Barbara. The morning started with an introduction from Ella and Catherine and it was then time to clean up. We collected litter, glass and miscellaneous items and placed them in the bags. Everyone then took this as an opportunity to meet one another and friendships were then built. Even though being outdoors in the sun, knowing that my input would make a huge impact and hopefully inspire someone to join the group next year, was totally magnificent.

Joshua J. Marine was said: “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” This experience was just extraordinary. The ability of using your talent for a particular purpose is the best gift anyone can be provided with. I would Like to Thank you to the Miss Earth South Africa, Consol, Imperial Toyota, Sappi, 49m, Miss Earth South Africa 2012, Tamerin Jardine, Miss Earth South Africa brand ambassador, Annchen Richter as well as Wendy.

Like Ella Bella said: “Be that island for that sinking ship and shelter for the one in a storm.”

Ashanti Mbanga: Assisting Makgomo with her Energy Project

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Boipelo Malope: Our paths are written on paper, but cemented by action

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

It was just the other day on the 29th of April when I received that e-mail saying: “Congratulations on being named a Regional Finalist in the 2013 Miss Earth South Africa Leadership Programme.” Emotions of excitement, joy and tears rolling down my face, because once again my talent can be used for yet another purpose in life.

I then realised how much work the programme entailed. Between finding sponsors, planting trees, organising a donation of second-hand clothing, glass and energy projects and raising environmental awareness in a period of two months I was going to have my hands full. A part of me wanted to give up and let go. But then I became aware of what was around me and immediately I knew it wouldn’t be easy, but it would be worth it. If you’re seeking growth, learning from your mistakes and gaining the ability to use your talents to make a difference, you may need to change your attitude and become aware of what you’re truly capable of. These opportunities don’t come along every day, so it’s important to make the most of them. Our attitude is the primary force that determines whether we succeed or fail in life. Positive attitudes create a chain of positive thoughts, and that’s when I decided to hang in there, stick around and be that role model.

Now here I am today, proud to be part of this amazing family. I’m slowly, but surely realising that the smallest things in life are the ones that matter the most and the amount of effort you give in into something is the results you will reap at the end.  My GREEN journey has been filled with lots of sleepless nights, ideas, tears, happiness, insightful information about my surroundings and being aware of my ability to make a difference and empower many.

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “ You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” and that is what I intend to become.  Thank you to Miss Earth South Africa for granting me this amazing opportunity, Imperial Toyota, Tsogo Sun, 49M, Sappi, and our very own brand ambassador Annchen Richter.

Miss Earth SA Stationery Drive teams up with Caxton South Newspaper to touch the lives of over 2,000 learners

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

In addition to the over 7,000 learners whose lives were changed by the initial stationery distribution, which took place on 12, 13 and 14 February, the Miss Earth South Africa in association with Consol this week joined forces with Caxton South Newspaper Marketing Department to touch the lives of an additional 2,000 learners in Thokoza and Johannesburg South. Thanks to the donations of corporate sponsors and the general public alike the lives of these young learners have been enriched.

On Friday 22 February, working with members of the Caxton Newspaper Group, based in the South of Johannesburg, Eye of Africa, The Glen Shopping Centre and Osiris Trading, the Miss Earth South Africa visited schools in Thokoza, Eden Park and South Hills to deliver in excess of 2,000 stationery packs and exercise books, printed and sponsored by Sappi. The BP “Ads to Bags” campaign provided the drive with 1000 up-cycled billboard bags for the learner. Learners in Eden Park Ext 5, Crestview and Montanus were spoken to about responsibility, education and believing in themselves and always working hard to achieve their absolute best. In the upcoming weeks the Miss Earth South Africa will also visit Suidheuwels and Die Mossie and Elethu Themba Primary Schools in association with the Caxton Newspaper Group.

“The contributions of the public is what makes it possible for us to equip these learners with the stationery they need to make the most of their education,” said Miss Earth South Africa National Director, Catherine Constantinides. Ella Bella, the organisation’s Educational Officer and Stationery Drive Programme Co-ordinator, said that many of the children were so overwhelmed with joy and pride to have their own set of stationery that they asked if they had to give it back. Many of the children had never used let alone owned their own colour pencils or wax crayons. Ella Bella went on to explain this is about “placing value in education system, assist the learning and place value in the young generation”.

The Miss Earth South Africa will continue its distributions in the Gauteng region during the coming weeks before moving to KwaZulu Natal and the Western Cape during April. In addition, a number of stationery packs are sent to schools in Limpopo and North West with which the organisation has a relationship. The corporates that have been involved in collecting stationery and helping with distribution are Consol, IMPERIAL Toyota, Tsogo Sun, Investec Banking, PDNA Auditors and Riso Africa Solar Printers have all given time and resources for the learners around South Africa to benefit from this campaign. On-going contributions to the Stationery Drive can be made either in physical stationery or in the form of financial contributions to the Miss Earth South Africa organisation. Stationery sets are the easiest and most logistically uncomplicated to distribute.

For more information about how you can get involved, please visit the Miss Earth South Africa’s website: www.missearthsa.co.za and tweet @missearth_sa or email the office at info@missearthsa.co.za.

For further queries call the Head Office in Johannesburg on 011 680 6650.

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Miss Earth SA Stationery Drive touches over 7,000 lives

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Miss Earth South Africa in association with Consol has, over the past week, touched the lives of over 7,000 learners from Katlehong, Diepsloot and Orange Farm as part of their annual Stationery Drive campaign. Thanks to the donations of corporate sponsors and the general public alike the first set of distributions in the organisation’s annual campaign was a resounding success.

On Tuesday 12 February, working with community members in Ekurhuleni, the team, accompanied by representatives of Consol Glass, Riso Africa and former Miss Earth South Africa winners, made their way into Katlehong to deliver in excess of 3,000 stationery packs and exercise books, printed and sponsored by Sappi, to learners in need at Kwanele, Realeboha and Abram Hlope Primary Schools. The two days that followed saw the Miss Earth South Africa distribute a further 4,000 stationery packs and exercise books with IMPERIAL Toyota, Tsogo Sun, Investec, PDNA and Bosch Home Appliances at schools in Orange Farm and Diepsloot. Members of the Lead SA team also accompanied the Miss Earth South Africa on their distributions, guiding the learners through the recently launched Bill of Responsibilities, providing valuable insights into what it means to be an active citizen in South Africa

“The contributions of the public is what makes it possible for us to equip these learners with the stationery they need to make the most of their education,” said Miss Earth South Africa National Director, Catherine Constantinides. Ella Bella, the organisation’s Educational Officer and Stationery Drive Programme Co-ordinator, said that many of the children were so overwhelmed with joy and pride to have their own their own set of stationery that they asked if they had to give it back. Many of the children had never used let alone owned their own colour pencils or wax crayons.

The Miss Earth South Africa will continue its distributions in the Gauteng region during the coming weeks before moving to KwaZulu Natal and the Western Cape during April. In addition, a number of stationery packs are sent to schools in Limpopo and North West with which the organisation has a relationship. On-going contributions to the Stationery Drive can be made either in physical stationery or in the form of financial contributions to the Miss Earth South Africa organisation. It is asked that no old or broken stationery be sent. Stationery sets are the easiest and most logistically uncomplicated to distribute.

For more information about how you can get involved, please visit the Miss Earth South Africa’s website: www.missearthsa.co.za and tweet @missearth_sa or email the office at info@missearthsa.co.za. For further queries call the Head Office in Johannesburg on 011 680 6650.

Happy Ending Just Before Valentine’s Day

Friday, February 15th, 2013

 

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Montecasino Bird Gardens decided to conduct a photo shoot with Miss Earth South Africa, Tamerin Jardine inspired by the popular Princess and the Frog fairytale and new celebrity resident.

Jack B Nimble, an Asian toad, travelled over 12 000 km and escaped the hangman’s noose after being discovered trapped in a Mr Price candlestick in Cape Town.

Just 2 hours before he was destined to croak (as Cape Nature wanted to euthanise him), Montecasino Bird Gardens based in Fourways Johannesburg rescued him.

After undergoing a quarantine process and a few days in a climate controlled enclosure, Jack is very happy at Montecasino Bird Gardens and destined to live happily ever after in his new enclosure equipped with a cave, little pond and buffet of crickets.

Loads of exciting activities will be taking place at Monetcasino this Valentine’s Day. Jack will also be on display to anyone visiting the Montecasino Bird Gardens.

Entry into the Montecasino Bird Gardens is R53 for adults and children over the age of 10 years, and R30 for pensioners and children under the age of 10 years. For more information call the Montecasino Bird Gardens on 011-511- 1864 or visit www.montecasino.co.za

For more information on Miss Earth www.missearthsa.co.za

 

 

Miss Earth SA Stationery Drive set to give hope and inspire

Monday, January 7th, 2013

It’s not just green issues, greening communities and inspiring sustainable lifestyles. Miss Earth South Africa in association with Consol have launched their annual Stationery Drive campaign; a project born from seeing thousands of children going to school without so much as a pencil. In 2012, in honour of the Miss Earth South Africa’s 10 year anniversary, the organisation set itself the audacious goal of distributing 10,000 stationery packs to underprivileged learners across South Africa. A task they were more than equal to, having distributed in excess of 11,700 stationery packs by the end of March last year.

This year the organisation aims to maintain or exceed this number, having already received requests for more than 7 000 stationery packs from very poor and disadvantaged schools and organisations before the end of last year. A number of schools in the Gauteng region have already been identified as the first schools that will benefit from the campaign, which is now in its 7th year. Some of the areas that will benefit include Orange Farm, Alexandra, Vosloorus and Thembisa to name but a few.

“We understand the need for and value of education and we have visited primary schools in under underprivileged areas where up to 40 learners share one pencil in a classroom, this is not conducive to a healthy learning environment. The contributions of the public are what makes it possible for us to equip these learners with the stationery they need to make the most of their education,” said Miss Earth South Africa National Director, Catherine Constantinides.

Ella Bella, the Miss Earth South Africa’s Educational Officer, said that many of the children were so overwhelmed with joy and pride to have their own their own set of stationery that, during distributions last year, many children asked if they had to give it back.

Contributions to the Stationery Drive can be made either in physical stationery or in the form of financial contributions to the Miss Earth South Africa organisation. It is asked that no old or broken stationery be sent. Stationery sets are the easiest and most logistically uncomplicated to distribute. In 2012 the greatest contribution and difference was made by the selfless contributions of hundreds of South African’s who participated by collecting from those around them and going out to buy packs of stationery, books, diaries and files. For more information about how you can get involved, please visit the Miss Earth South Africa’s website: www.missearthsa.co.za and tweet @missearth_sa or email the office at info@missearthsa.co.za. For further queries call the Head Office in Johannesburg on 011 680 6650.

Up and Close with Miss Earth Winner Tamerin Jardine

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

 

What environmental project will you create to promote the protection of Mother Earth and why?

I would like to start an environmental project that encourages the young people of South Africa to be environmentally aware about what they can do for the area they live whether it be tree planting to refuses removal and recycling. Also to teach children to respect animals and conserve our wildlife. Why because its important for the youth to be the driving force behind the green movement if we become responsible citizens and promote green living slowly the other generations will move in the right direction.

 

As well asI come from a country where we are rich in renewable energy sources such as solar energy, wind energy, tidal energy and wave energy. My goal is to create more sustainable energy in areas of my country that are under privileged to help alleviate power costs and also reduce impact on mother earth. I think it is important to plant trees and vegetable gardens as it has a positive environmental impact. Having been able to do this in many communities in South Africa I have created a footprint and a sustainable future for the next generation.

 

Describe your childhood/growing years:

I witnessed a lot of things growing up which had a disturbing affect on me which had sparked a passion towards the environment. I had developed a strong love for animals where I had the gift of being able to care and nurture baby animals that were killed by poachers. I managed to save a calf (buffalo) named bouril who’s mother was killed by poachers.

 

What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?

During these years I learned a humane term “responsibility” and how to care for others, other than myself. I learned how to care for animals and my environment and for me these years were the foundation of my environmental passion. I was also abandoned by my father and learned that even without him everything was still possible. My influential mother gracefully supported me in my plight to help the planet and to be focused in my life term goals.

 

What is your most memorable moment?

My most memorable moment was when I was called out as a Miss Earth South Africa winner, it was a moment where I had realized that my dream of being an environmental leader in my country and a role model for women, men and the ever growing youth. Graduating from my 2 law degrees was an unforgettable experience as I suffer from dyslexia I was told at a young age that I wouldn’t be able to overcome my schooling. I proved my doctor wrong and broke the boundaries and set greater goals for myself and to be the most influential leader I can be.

 

What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose it?

Conservation of Wildlife: I have a deep seated passion for wildlife and committed to making a difference. My project for the forthcoming year will be energy based. Many of our children’s lives are destroyed by fire and these very fires are caused by malfunctioning equipment as well as liquid paraffin.

 

What tip can you share to promote sustainable energy for all?

Household could use solar geysers and chargers to go partially off grid. For instance, taking your iPad, tablets and mobile phones off the grid by using solar charging. Thus, we are using natural energy to power our mobile technology which plays a detrimental part of our lives. This will be a step closer to saving more energy.

No Crown, but the Earth’s GREEN Girl

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Johannesburg-based environmentalist and law graduate, Tamerin Jardine, placed in the Top 8 at the 13th International Miss Earth at a star-studded, glittering gala showcase event at the Versailles Palace, Alabang in Manila, Philippines on Saturday night. From the outset this 25-year-old was a favourite with avid competition followers and pundits alike and from the minute she touched down in Manila, Jardine did not disappoint.

After less than a week in Manila, Jardine had already bagged 3 Gold Medals and had become a fast favourite with the locals, having won a Public Choice award on only her second day in the city. As Tamerin progressed through the various stages of the competition, such as Environmental Education Seminars at local schools and numerous tests of the contestants’ environmental knowledge, she continued to impress, performing well at every task, taking Bronze in Swimwear, Silver in National Costume and Gold in Evening Wear.

The global favourite, Tamerin Jardine remained at the top of the medal standings throughout the duration of the competition, bringing home a total of 4 Gold, 2 Sliver, 2 Bronze and a special award from HP Philippines for her innovative ideas and vision for the future of technology and the environment. Consistently a world-class performance ensured that Tamerin Jardine would definitely place in the Top 8 in the competition.

The Miss Earth South Africa has a long-standing relationship with the Department of Environmental Affairs and the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa, was thrilled to hear the news of Tamerin’s success, “I jubilate, having the heard news, our country and South Africa’s environment loving and caring youth are very proud of her. Tamerin is equal to the challenge of being a champion for Mother Earth.”

Sustainable Energy was the 2012 theme of Miss Earth and this carried through to projects and campaigns initiated by each young lady in her home country. Tamerin focussed her light harvesting projects with Miss Earth South Africa in Duduza, Ekhuruleni. This campaign saw her install light into the homes of shack dwellers that had no natural light filtering through their dwellings during daylight hours. This campaign was then linked to the installation of solar panels that then provide LED lighting to these people during the evening. Energy Efficiency collaborations with 49M have assisted to get messages out, of responsible energy use to the general public at large.

On the night, Tamerin was one of 92 delegates from across the globe that had spent a month in the South East Asian country promoting sustainability for all, renewable energy usage and environmental awareness. Our very own Miss Earth South Africa in association with Consol 2012 was dressed by South African designers, the award winning Cape Town-based Victor Kok of VictorK Dress Designs and Johannesburg designer JJ Schoeman. Tamerin had stiff competition going into the final 8 with local beauty, Stephany Stefanowitz, among the ladies named in the Top 8. The other contestants in the Top 8 were Miss Venezuela, Osmariel Villalobos, Miss Brazil, Camila Brant, Miss USA, Siria Bojorquez, Miss Nepal, Nagma Shrestha, Miss Russia, Natalia Pereverzeva, and Miss Czech Republic, Tereza Fajksova who went on to take the coveted title.

When South Africa was not among those called up for the Top 4, there was an audible sigh that rippled through the crowd as critics and followers alike were shocked to realise that this gorgeous ambassador would not be advancing to the final stage of the competition.

The runners up for 2012 are Miss Philippines, who was crowned Miss Air, the first runner up, Miss Venezuela, who was crowned Miss Water, second runner up and Miss Brazil who was crowned Miss Fire, the third runner up.

Miss Earth South Africa National Directors, Ella Bella and Catherine Constantinides had this to say shortly after the glittering event in Manila, “Having celebrated 10 years of environmental advocacy this year, we have seen our organisation achieve so many milestones, including planting our 20 000th tree in schools and under greened communities with Consol, IMPERIAL Toyota and Tsogo Sun, distributing 10 000 stationery packs to desperately underprivileged children, and extending our educational programmes into Africa in countries such as Tanzania, Kenya and Zambia. Seeing Tamerin achieve so much in the Philippines is affirmation of our extensive on-the-ground work, and community greening programmes. This incredible South African ambassador has flown our flag with pride and environmental integrity and we are so proud of her achievements here.”

Jardine was ecstatic to have placed in the Top 8 saying the experience was one she would never forget, “the memories I made, the lessons I learnt and the knowledge I gained during my time in Manila will be with me forever. I am humbled and honoured by the incredible support I have received from the people back home as well as everyone here in the Philippines, I feel truly blessed.”

Jardine returns to South Africa in high spirits with a wealth of knowledge and experience gained during this whirlwind competition. In the coming months she will be part of the team driving the Miss Earth South African organisation into their 11th year. She will continue to be involved in numerous energy efficiency campaigns, greening initiatives as well as the Miss Earth South Africa’s annual Stationery Drive, which kicks off in January 2013.

Proudly Flying Our Flag – Tamerin takes Silver in National Costume

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Tamerin Jardine, Miss Earth South Africa in association with Consol 2012, has once again flown the South African flag high at the Miss Earth International in Manila, Philippines taking the Silver Medal in the National Costume section of the competition. As part of the competition, each delegate is required to model a “National Costume” that represents the culture, heritage and history of their country. Given the diverse cultures and rich heritage of South Africa, deciding on a National Costume was no easy task and the 25 year-old lawyer, environmentalist and passionate animal rights activist worked closely with Cape Town based designer, Victor Kok, to perfect the dress she wore to represent her country.

The beautifully crafted, hand-beaded nude bodice was designed to be offset by the rich and vibrant colours of the skirt, which is made from literally hundreds of overlapped pieces of chiffon. Handcrafted bead bracelets, neckpieces and a headdress manufactured by informal traders from Johannesburg, complement the dress.

In addition to the exquisite National Costume, Victor Kok also designed the stunning evening gown, which saw Tamerin take the Gold Medal in Evening Wear. In flowing pinks complemented with incredible beadwork on the bodice, the gorgeous backless creation made certain that Tamerin could leave with nothing less than first place

Tamerin graced the global stage in style and elegance, thanks to these incredible one-of-a-kind designs and she goes forward in the international competition as a firm favourite to take the title. With great commitment and knowledge of the environmental needs of not only South Africans but global citizens, Tamerin understands her responsibility and the power that she has to make a difference, to educate and to be a voice for the green movement.

Global followers of this initiative all have their bets on South Africa taking this year’s Green Crown. The 2012 Miss Earth will be announced at an environmental gala extravaganza in Versailles Palace, Alabang in the Philippines on Saturday night.

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