Miss South Africa Melinda Bam is a beauty with purpose and she is on a mission.
Bam, winner of the boot camp held during the Miss SA 2011 workshops at Sun City, chose Thuthuzela Community Centre as a charity of her choice. The centre looks after abandoned and orphaned children in Alexandra Township.
Since her involvement with the centre she learnt of the owner’s intent to relocate the property where Thuthuzela is located.
After her crowning in December 2011, she was certain that 2012, her year of reign, will be dedicated to helping save Thuthuzela.
“The thought of these children being evicted breaks my heart and sadly it is a reality that they face.” said Bam
The Business for Empowerment Trust “BET” donated R100,000 to the “SAVE OUR HOME” initiative and will be handing over a cheque to Melinda and Monyela today.
“When I heard about this donation I was out of words. It gave me a sense of hope and purpose and I am grateful to the organisation.
"I call upon more organisations to assist, this cannot be done without you,” said Bam
Elizabeth Monyela, child minder and the founder of Thuthuzela Aid Community Centre, established the centre in 2005 after seeing the pain of children neglected in her community. It was also motivated by the heartache of losing her son, Julius who suffered from Down's syndrome.
“The building is currently for sale and our greatest fear is that should the house be purchased by someone we would be evicted.” said Monyela
The building they occupy was initially meant to be a temporary shelter. Six years later they are still here sharing the place with other tenants.
Nineteen orphans sleep in the same room, sharing only one bathroom.
There are 41 children who share the same garage area.
“We are in urgent need of a new home with enough room space for the kids to play in. Our day care centre, run in the same premises, is also affected by this lack of space,” said Monyela.