BY AGATHA CHUMA
IN the wake of surging cases of drug abuse, organisers of the forthcoming Mister and Miss United Africa Continental Zimbabwe have said the pageant is meant to help fight the menace.
Pageant and Cimztech Modelling Agency founder Simbarashe Mwashita said the pageant would be held on July 2 at Long Cheng Plaza in Belvedere, Harare.
Apart from Zimbabwe, the pageant would also feature models from South Africa, Zambia, Botswana and Nigeria.
“We have found that drug abuse is the main cause of school dropouts and early marriages, hence through the pageant, our aim is to help those who are on drugs and those on the verge of stopping, but lack knowledge on what to do after,” he said.
“I am confident that the pageant and the drug abuse campaigns are going to be a success. We have been preparing for a long time together with my colleague Debra Pamhene. We believe that talent should be driven by passion and the help of a generous hand.”
The pageant plans to campaign in communities through their social media platforms as well as through physical engagement.
“Mister and Miss United Africa Continental Zimbabwe also aims at empowering the boy and girl child, advocate for their equality and facilitate their grooming as well as inspire peers to believe in themselves with a determination to be successful. The adage ‘if you educate a young one you educate a nation’ has been driving me to keep inspiring others,” Mwashita added.
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