Miss Soweto 2016, Nthabiseng Kgasi, turned 22 years old on 15th of July 2017. To celebrate her birthday, she was joined by 50 children from three different orphanages around Soweto at The Box Shop in Vilakazi Street, Soweto. It turned out to be a day full of fun-filled activities. Her other guests included e-TV’s Scandal actress, Mapaseka Koetle-Nyokong, who oversaw the festivities as MC, parents, Stephina and Apohlo, and the representatives from the Thembelenkosini Children, Emdeni Drop-in Centre and Kliptown Youth Program.
Demonstrating fun experiments for the youngsters was Nutty Scientists led by artist instructor, Kea Motlana – the granddaughter of late civic leader, Dr Nthato Motlana, while male acapella group, Mofolo Melodies, entertained everyone with some soothing sounds. The day was made possible by White Star Instant Porridge, and other sponsors, The Couture Cake Company who supplied cake and party sweets and Chesa Nyama franchise who supplied delicious boerewors rolls and cold drinks. Each child was presented with backpack hampers containing White Star Instant Porridge to help them start the following day the right and other goodies.
“The children, in particular those from the orphanages I have worked with, have a very special place in my heart and for this reason, I decided that I wanted to connect with them on my special day. The very best birthday gift for me was seeing the joy on the little ones’ faces as we played party games and enjoyed the incredible entertainment on offer together. By offering our youngsters opportunities to engage in the lighter side of life, we help them to imagine a brighter future for themselves. A big thank you to White Star and all sponsors involved,” concludes Miss Soweto.