Yoga for a good cause

Neo Bodumela

A TRIO of former The Herald Miss Port Elizabeth winners and a former Miss South Africa teen are teaming up to raise money for charity. The beauties will take part in a yoga session from 8am this Saturday and Sunday at the St George’s Swimming Pool in an effort to raise money for Sinethemba Children’s Care Centre.

Organiser of the event, Valene Sampson, who was The Herald Miss Port Elizabeth in 2005, said she was inspired to use her skills as a yoga instructor to give back to her community.

“I am a yoga instructor and I was thinking of ways to give to charity and what better way to do it than through yoga. I grew up in Korsten so it only made sense for me to do something for the place that I grew up in,” the Charlie Revlon brand ambassador said.

Sampson roped in the help of Bay beauties Chuma Myoli, Bianca Harper, Vuyiseka Cawe, Chelerdyne Jonck and Miss SA Teen 2010 Mikeala Oosthuizen.

There will be three yoga sessions at 8am, 9.30am and 11am and the cost is R125 per person on both days.

Myoli, The Herald Miss PE in 2006, encouraged the public to support the initiative and give back to charity while taking time to “relax and wind down after the long year”.

“This is a season of giving and I’m going to be participating because it is for charity and what I know about Valene is that she’s always trying to better the lives of others,” she said.

“I’ve never done yoga before and I do have a problem with anxiety so this may be what I need to help myself in that regard. Plus, it’s that time of the year where people are all running around trying to do their shopping and people are worried about matric results and so forth, and I encourage people to come out and relax and do some yoga.”

Sunday will start off with group yoga sessions at the swimming pool and culminate in a Christmas party. “On Sunday we will have yoga and then after that we will have a little Christmas party at the swimming pools for the children of Sinethemba.

“I have asked the ladies to also join in for the party to try and make it a special day for the kids.

“I asked them specifically because even though I know quite a few people from Port Elizabeth, they know even more people and we want to spread the word around so that we get as many people as possible participating in this and to raise as much money as we can.”

  • Further information contact Valene Sampson, valene.sampson@gmail.comor call 079-314-9232.

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