In a bid to reach its annual R3-million target in fundraising, Port Elizabeth’s MTR Smit Children’s Haven is hosting a fundraising high tea on Saturday, September 3 at 9.30am in the Kragga Kamma Church hall.
South Africa’s first Miss World, Penny Coelen-Rey who took the crown in 1958, will be the guest speaker at the fundraiser.
MTR Smit Children’s Haven director Dr Chrystal Watson said the home was very honoured to finally have Coelen-Rey to speak at their event.
“We’ve tried to get her before but unfortunately due to [other commitments] she was unable to make it. We are very fortunate that we are able to get her to PE this time,” said Watson.
MTR Smit, which is home to 100 formerly neglected and disadvantaged children, hosts annual fundraising events to empower and motivate the children to dream beyond their circumstances.
“A lot of our kids have Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and because of that they suffer to actually grow educationally. It is about empowering them to become the best they can be,” said Watson.
The event, which will mark the 25th high tea hosted by the home in the past 19 years, will include an American auction as well as a fashion show by Sophisticate Models and other entertainment.
Although their high teas have been attended by the likes of former South African President FW de Klerk and former Miss Universe Michellle McLean, Watson said Coelen-Rey has always been on the bucket list of people they would like to have.
“We’ve just decided this year, you know, it’s close to women’s month and to become the first Miss World being Miss South Africa in the 1950s is something to be proud of. The youth don’t know who this lady is and it’s important to say, listen, South Africa is actually a force to be reckoned with” Watson said.
For more information contact Linda Rossouw, 082-402-4396.