Food for the less fortunate through fun
25-year old Nakashole hails from Omungwelume, a small village 30km from Oshakati and completed her matric at the Oshigambo High School.
She said that she left the country in order to complete her Bachelors degree after only a year at UNAM. For the year 2011-2012, the beauty icon scooped the title of Miss Expat Czech Republic and said that she wants to use her title to make a difference in a child’s life. “I felt like I should use my title to help the kids from my own country and I wanted to raise money for an orphanage and children’s home because I believe that each one deserves a home and a decent meal.”
Nakashole said she chose Orlindi Place of Safety in Katutura to benefit from this initiative and that although the show was not as successful as intended in terms of fund raising, it did serve its purpose which was to create awareness of charitable matters. From the proceeds a small contribution was generated which went to Orlindi, “giving back a little something to the community” in Paulina’s words. “The charity show was successful, only because it went according to how I planned it. His Excellency, President Pohamba shared a thoughtful message in his speech that will make a difference in most of the lives of the youth. The models remembered the choreography well and they did a great job. The local artists who agreed to perform included artist of the year Mushe, multi-award winning artist Tunnakie, Dixon, Exit, Satlam, Smokey, Vanity, Taliban, and 2Ko na Koxa. They all gave terrific performances.”
She said that the attendance was not how she expected it to be and that although 600 people confirmed their attendance on Facebook for the show, very few pitched up at the event. “But my aim was to make a difference in somebody’s life, even if it was only for one Namibian child. I have achieved my aim regardless of the attendance set-back as I am just a student and there’s only that much that one can do.”
Paulina said that she would like to encourage Miss Namibia pageant winners and other pageant winners as well as public figures to get involved in charity projects to help the orphaned and vulnerable children as these very kids are the country’s greatest asset.
She said that she intends to make the Windhoek Charity Fashion Show an annual event, “I do however hope that next year I will at least get sponsors, unlike this year,” concluded Nakashole.