Little Princess World Khumo Makapela ups charity stakes

New Brighton-born Little Princess World Khumo Makapela, 7, right, hosted a fun day for charity at Happy Valley where she raised funds for Pendla Primary School. She is pictured with Mbali Mxube, 10, from Ben Sinuka Primary School
New Brighton-born Little Princess World Khumo Makapela, 7, right, hosted a fun day for charity at Happy Valley where she raised funds for Pendla Primary School. She is pictured with Mbali Mxube, 10, from Ben Sinuka Primary School
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New Brighton’s Little Princess World, Khumo Makapela, will be jumping from one charity event to another with the hope of improving the classroom situation in township schools.

Khumo, 7, who won her first title at the Miss EC Model Hunt at the tender age of three, started doing charity work as a way of giving back to the Bay because of the support the community and the municipality gave her when she entered Little Princess World in September 2018.

Khumo hosted a family fun day for charity at Happy Valley on August 10, where she had hoped to raise funds for a school in New Brighton she has adopted.

Khumo’s sister, Nomawethu Makapela, 34, said although the little princess with a difference made just enough money to break even, she is determined to raise funds for Ben Sinuka Primary School at her next event, a high tea.

“So the day was more of a charity and fun day, ensuring kids were happy and enjoyed themselves, instead of a fundraiser,” Nomawethu said.

Some 20 pupils from Ben Sinuka Primary were invited as honoured guests.

Pupils from Woodridge Preparatory School, St George’s Primary, Pendla Primary, Erica Girls’ Primary, Charles Duna Primary and many other primary schools supported the event.

Nomawethu said with the high-tea event they would be cutting costs as much as possible to make a profit.

“We will depend largely on ticket sales as well as money generated from food sales.

“We are still finalising the itinerary and date, but we are definitely going to have a beauty pageant,” Nomawethu said.

Khumo said she was not discouraged by not making enough to hand over to the school, adding that it was her first big event and she was treating it as a learning curve.

“It has always been my dream to help make sure all kids are happy and are able to learn easily. I love seeing all the happy faces and when everyone is happy then I am also happy,” Khumo said.

“I have also been visiting schools such as Stephen Nkomo Primary School in Uitenhage, motivating the pupils, telling them that they can achieve anything they put their minds to, regardless of their age, gender and race,” she said.

Khumo said one of her short-term goals was to be recognised nationally as a child ambassador for the Bay.

“In the near future I would like to see modelling being recognised as a sport. It can help bring about change in the country,” Khumo said.

The spunky little princess said she hoped to meet Miss SA 2019, Zozibini Tunzi, and do a charity event with her.

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