The Free State Fashion Council, a non- profit organization of the annual prestigious Free State Fashion Week (FSFW) recently donated Sanitary Towels and a year’s worth of toiletry supplies to school girls from Atlehang High at the Hide Place Lodge in Bloemfontein.
As part of Free State Fashion Week’s community development drive, the council brought in 2019 FSFW host, Award-winning TV & Radio personality, Lerato Kganyago as a guest speaker. Speaking to the school pupils, Kganyago encouraged the young girls to build strong sisterhood and normalize supporting each other from a young age.
“We have failed at empowering each other in my generation however, I’m turning that failure into a lesson and passing on the baton to you, the younger generation, to normalize calling people out when they discourage or speak ill of another woman”.
– Lerato Kganyago
Kganyago also touched on a number of issues including gender-based violence, depression, and human trafficking before sharing her journey to becoming a successful media personality and business woman.
“I did not just arrive to where I am. It has taken a couple of losses, disappointments, failures and rejections but because my will was good and I stuck to my dreams I was able to breakthrough. I’m the girl from Soweto, I’m just like you, I was raised by my grandmother, I know the struggles of being from the township”.
– Lerato Kganyago
Amidst the global COVID19 pandemic which forced the world into a lockdown and postponement of various events including the FSFW fashion and lifestyle showcase, this did not stop Free State Fashion Week from carrying their mandate of giving back to the community. The council supported FlutterByLKG, a recently launched sanitary pad brand owned by Kganyago.
“It may be a few girls but what matters is that it is one less girl or young woman who doesn’t have to worry about not having sanitary towels for the rest of the year”.
– Candy Smith, Chairwoman of the Free State Fashion Council and CEO of Free State Fashion Week