LAURETTE Marais (50) is the proud mother of three children and has been married to the love of her life, Johann, for the past 27 years.
She describes her hobbies to include Latin American and ballroom dancing, being creative and bonding with her loved ones and friends.
Laurette said that she didn’t always have an interest in pageantry or modelling.
Her mind changed when, one day, a man suggested during a conversation that she should participate in the Mrs Africa Classic Pageant because it will give her a big platform to regularly reach out to communities and impact lives positively. THE RECORD met Laurette Marais, a resident from Meyersdal and also a finalist for the Mrs Africa Classic 2019 Pageant, and would like to introduce her to the community.
A passion for goodwill
After all, Laurette said her biggest passion in life is to touch and impact lives in a positive, uplifting and empowering way. As an avid follower of Jesus, she wants to leave a positive legacy in society. She said she believes that if she wins the Mrs Africa Classic 2019 title at the end of the year, she’ll be given great means to feed this passion.
So far, Laurette is involved in six goodwill initiatives, including three from the pageant and three of her own.
The three charity initiatives that each pageant titleholder must be involved with are called Dignity Dreams, DeskBags and Nzuri.
Dignity Dreams manufactures and distributes washable and re-usable feminine sanitary products to underprivileged young girls. DeskBags manufactures and distributes school bags which can also be used as lap desks for underprivileged scholars. Nzuri sees that surgical procedures are given to women suffering from the horrible endemic goiter or fistula conditions.
Laurette’s own three goodwill initiatives include her active involvement at Bryanston-based Hope School, Amcare in Alberton and Noordgesig School in Soweto.
She does what she can to help out at these places, even if it requires her hands-on involvement.
Laurette often recalls this phrase when she needs motivation or inspiration: “We can’t change the world, but if we do small things together every day, we can change someone’s world.”
High tea for heels
On September 22, Laurette will be hosting a high tea event at La B’elle Vita in Midvaal, which will raise funds and heels for less-privileged matric girls. Unfortunately, the RSVP date for this event was already September 1, but you are more than welcome to donate to this fund-raiser.
In fact, you can become a sponsor for Laurette and have her as an ambassador for your brand in return. She is in need of many different sponsorships, be it big or small.
For more details about these, or to give a once-off donation towards any of Laurette’s initiatives, feel free to call 083 387 0026 for more information and/or bank details.
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