AS Mrs. Hope Namibia, Beverley-Rae Henckert hopes to uplift various communities by making a difference in the lives of the less fortunate as well as spreading the message of hope across the country. A mother of five, Beverley-Rae has already embarked on several projects including the distribution of sanitary pads to school going girls in informal settlements. On November 26, Beverley-Rae will compete against other women from the region vying for the Mrs. Hope International title. The pageant – that is not mostly about appearances and glamour – provides an opportunity for women to focus on using their talents to make an impact in their communities and to start living their own purpose driven lives. This is what she had to say in anticipation for the international pageant in South Africa.
Give us a snapshot of who you are?
I am 34 years old, and have been married for close to 10 years. I am a mom of five children, four girls and one boy. I am self-employed in the manufacturing and designing industry. I have a B.A. Degree (Honours) in Psychology.
Briefly tell us about your upbringing?
I have two siblings, a brother and a sister. My mom and dad have been married for close to 40 years, hence I was raised in a house where giving up is not an option. My dad always taught us that winners never quit and that quitters never win. My mom, she is a giver and is without a doubt the best friend I would ever have. My upbringing influenced who I am without a doubt. I learnt to always fight. I learnt that Jesus is our friend. I learnt that family stick together. I learnt that human life has so much more worth than any material item.
What triggered your interest in Mrs. Hope Namibia?
Mrs Hope is an international humanitarian pageant. One has the opportunity to raise awareness on certain community issues and be the catalyst in order to bring about the needed change. Since a very young age, I always collected pictures in the Huisgenoot magazine about very poor children on the continent and it has always been a passion. I have always been involved in community work, but as Mrs. Hope Namibia – I would have a platform to marry the right people with the right causes.
As Mrs. Hope Namibia, what projects have you worked on?
I have done two projects: Happy Bleeding – the sanitary pad run where I collected sanitary items for girls in Katutura. Our target was 100 packets of pads, we went far over 300 within four days of collecting. We received close to 200 facecloths and soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste. Together with my children and the Chief Education Officer of the Khomas Regional Council and her team, we distributed the items to 160 girls of the Moses Garoeb Project School and a neighbouring school.
We rest, we do not quit – since we adopted our boy, we always wanted to say thank you to the children’s home mothers. My husband and I always put ourselves in their shoes and imagined how difficult it must be to look after seven to 10 kids, all with their personal needs and making sure they are developed in their skill areas and emotionally looked after. Hence, the idea of a day of rest for these mothers. Only a healthy mother (spiritually, emotionally and physically) can grow a healthy child.
We were graced with the presence of Dr Veronica Theron where she shared her heart with the ladies on dealing with stress. I had a few minutes of motivating the ladies with: It is not about having stuff. It is about handling stuff. It remains our motto.
What are you hoping to achieve during your reign?
I hope to raise awareness on different issues in order to make sure we raise funds to establish empowerment programmes. We should establish the gentleman’s club – teaching orphaned boys to be men. We should get a programme in place where orphaned children are taught basic skills, such as: a) Carrying oneself in an interview. 2) Accepting a no gracefully and when to push the boundaries. 3) How to find your purpose. Basically, a mentorship programme for orphans to get them out of an orphan mentality.
The title goes international, tell us about that and what have you planned before and after?
The title is national, but we compete for the international title in Cape Town on November 26. The overall winner will be given the opportunity to market her charity internationally and receive sponsors internationally. The platform will be so much bigger.
What don’t p e o p l e know about you?
I have a very vivacious personality and people sometimes do not know that I am a very strict person. I know when to let loose, but in our home I am a little general. I don’t miss a beat in our home – so much so that my eldest daughter says this about me: Mommy knows stuff even before it has happened – we can never lie to Mommy.
What advice do you have for the nation in making a difference in the lives of others?
Maybe you stood next to the grave of your child, or your husband, or maybe your family goals never materialised the way you envisioned, maybe you’ve been hurt or betrayed beyond repair, maybe your children have not eaten for days, maybe you have been diagnosed with a terminal illness; do not give up. Do not quit. Have Hope. HAVE THE AUDACITY TO HOPE!
Just what do you do for a little fun?
Maybe not a little fun, it kind of has taken over my life: I cycle. We would need another article of Confident Woman to explain my little fun. I started cycling exactly one year ago and have since done the Desert Dash and The Cape Argus and all other competitions locally. Both my husband and I love our road bikes and spend great moments of pushing boundaries and aching muscles on the road.
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