We love meeting champions for the NGOs on the Different.org crowdfunding platform. We caught up with Miss SA finalist, Sarah Botes, who is a passionate supporter of The Grace Factory.


How did you hear about The Grace Factory and why have you chosen to support them?

A friend of mine actually shared about The Grace Factory on Facebook. I chose to get involved because their mission and cause aligns with my passions and dreams. I am specifically involved in delivering maternity packs to the new mothers in the government hospitals, which is aimed at reducing child abandonment – something I’m very passionate about!


Why did you decide to enter Miss SA 2016?

I entered Miss South Africa because I believe that there is a reason why each of us are given certain dreams and passions in life. I believe that my passion for children combined with my dream of becoming Miss South Africa is a powerful combination. Essentially that’s what Miss South Africa is: beauty with a purpose and a voice for the voiceless. Something I aspire to be with or without a title.


Tell us a little about your year so far.

I have just completed my BCom Honours degree in Industrial Psychology and am continuing my journey as a Miss South Africa finalist. So far my year has been incredible, I have learnt and grown so much over the past few months and made amazing new friends in the process. I feel grateful and expectant for everything that is still to come!


What would you tell someone who would really like to make a difference in South Africa but doesn’t know how to?

Follow your heart! Find out what you are passionate about and start with what you have. Don’t be overwhelmed by the fact that you can’t change the whole world, start by changing one life at a time.


If you had unlimited resources, what problem facing South Africa would you choose to solve?

I would fight to ensure that every child is safe, protected, loved and has the opportunity to attend school.


What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning?

Knowing that my life has a bigger purpose, and that God has bigger plans for my life than I have for my own.


What advice would you give to your 18-year old self?

Being shy is just an excuse, and the only person holding you back is you. Be brave, take risks and go after your dreams!

To learn more about The Grace Factory’s partnership with Different.org, go here.

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