I have heard it said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a few steps.” My favorite verse in the past six months has become Habakkuk 2:2, “And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.” The inspiration of this blog was to keep me motivated and focused on my goal of entering and winning a pageant! And it goes without saying that I DID IT! I WON! May 29th I entered the Miss Zimbabwe USA Pageant and all the mental and physical preparation I had put in, in the past 6months paid off. I was crowned Miss Zim USA 2010 and it was all fun and laughter.
I had the pleasure of attending the ZimExpo Picnic the next day. It was such a humbling experience people of all ages coming up to me and congratulating me, wanting to take pictures with me. I had a number of young girls ask to wear my crown and some went as far as saying they wanted to be like me when they grow up!
Now the question that is on everyone’s mind is “WHAT NEXT?” I had an opportunity to sit down and draft my short-term and long-term goals for my reign as Miss Zimbabwe USA. After writing two pages worth I had a reality check and realized although zealous of me, I probably would not be able to do it all! A brief run down of some of the commitments I will have this year.
My first and official appearance will be at the airing of the opening Soccer World Cup game between South Africa and Mexico at Daley Plaza on 11 June 2010 at 1:30pm CST. This event will also feature a fan tent that will display exclusive South African goods and products. There are many volunteer opportunities at this event and I would encourage all soccer fans to attend!
My second endeavor will be to host a fundraiser for Vanavevhu, Children of the Soil within the upcoming weeks. Vanavevhu is the brainchild of Elizabeth Mhangami a native of Zimbabwe. Mhangami was recently featured in the New York Times Details of the fundraiser will be up soon and all who can attend should make an effort to attend.
Amongst other charities I will be working with is Munhu and Mwanandimai Foundation. I will constantly updated my blog on what am doing and where I will be. If I am in a city near you, come out and support. I have several speaking engagements and I hope the next coming months will highlight all the work that needs to be done for the underprivileged community of Zimbabwe.
Thank you to all my friends and the people who follow my blog who kept me encouraged during this process. Now the real work has begun and I will be looking to the same support network to carry me to the next stage. For current updates on my work become a fan of me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter
My theory stands! Contestants in Yellow Dresses always win…and my evidence? Former Miss America Ericka Dunlap won in a yellow gown and so did current Miss America Caressa Cameron! And now Miss Zimbabwe USA Thandekile Muringa also won in a yellow gown!!!! To all pageant aspirees stick to the yellow dresses! LOL
I leave you with the words I read on the Bulawayo South Rotary Club Site,
“Ngenxa yothando labantwana, JUST DO IT!” (For the love of the children, Just do it)
We all have different callings in life and at this point mine is to stand as a voice for the children of Zimbabwe…I hope you will all rally along with me and always remember-its for the love of the children!