Winner’s Miss Teen initiative will change lives
EAST London-born Tarryn Ogle walked away with the prestigious Mrs African Queen title at the gala event in Johannesburg recently.
The former Stirling High School pupil and businesswoman, wife and mother of four, was one of 40 finalists from across Africa who competed for the title last month.
She will now represent the African continent on an international platform this year.
“This experience has given me the confidence to go after my dreams and believe that I can achieve anything I set my mind to,” Ogle said.
At the annual Mrs Africa Foundation gala dinner last year, Ogle won the main charity award and was announced the Dignity Dreams Queen.
Her initiative, Miss Teen Social Entrepreneur, raised more than R95000 in six weeks and changed the lives of 546 underprivileged young girls who could not afford sanitary products.
Miss Teen SESA is an empowerment and acceleration programme for young girls in high school that creates awareness about social responsibility and developing social entrepreneurship skills.
“Founding and developing the programme has definitely been the highlight of my Mrs African Queen journey,” a proud Ogle said.
“Miss Teen SESA is focused and determined on providing the platform where all young women can gain the confidence, knowledge and skills to create their own sustainable businesses, while making a positive social impact.
“I look forward to more schools in Gauteng participating in 2017 and working with South Africa’s future women leaders.”
Ogle also held a very successful event sponsored by Sun International Carnival City, which saw her win the Best Event Award as well.
“I would like to thank all of my sponsors, the Miss Teen SESA finalists, and my family and friends in East London and around the country.
“Without your love and support I would not have been able to achieve my goals,” she said.
Ogle will represent Africa in America later this year but would also like to encourage young women to enter Miss Teen Social Entrepreneur 2017.
Young women interested in entering Miss Teen SESA can e-mail their queries to: firstname.lastname@example.org