Alex Swarts lives by her motto, "If I you can put a smile on somebody's face, you can speak any language."Photo: Myron Rabinowitz
GEORGE NEWS - Rundle College Grade 11 student Alexandra Swarts (17), one of the 44 semifinalists in this year's Miss Teen Commonwealth SA competition, will fly to Johannesburg later today for the final selection of the 24 finalists.
Alex is the only semifinalist from the Western Cape and she is expected to take part in a fundraising project for a charity that she has identified. The South African winner will compete in the Miss Teen Commonwealth International finals to be held in London in November.
The local beauty, who is the reigning Miss Eden Lions and Miss Hops, has selected the George Night Shelter as her charity of choice for the competition. The shelter gives temporary shelter to adults living on the streets who are committed to reintegrating themselves back into society.
"In my short life I have realised that you can't simply judge a person on face value. Our towns and cities are filled with many ordinary people like you and me that do not do drugs or drink but have fallen on hard times and ended-up living on the streets.
"They are condemned and frowned upon by society. I want to assist in creating a platform to change that mindset so that society accepts the person for their potential and looks past their untenable, hopefully temporary situation. For every person that is successfully reintegrated, a wife, a husband, a mother, a father, children and extended family are spared a life of misery. I am not naïve, I know I can't save thousands of homeless people but if I can reach only 100 individuals the ripple effect will be felt by thousands. I have started visiting local authorities; businesses and religious institutions to plead with them to create opportunities for this vulnerable sector of society."
Alex says her motto in life is, "If I you can put a smile on somebody's face, you can speak any language."
To support Alexander vote for her by
SMSing Alexander Swarts to 35554. SMSes cost R3. All the money goes to charity.
ARTICLE: MYRON RABINOWITZ, GEORGE HERALD JOURNALIST
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