Face of the North Coast Amber Mendes has big dreams
Miss Face of the North Coast Amber Mendes has a dream to help poorer communities in a very hands-on way.
The 15-year-old pageant winner is an Ashton College pupil who wants to be a psychologist when she grows up. She lived in Vryheid until she was two years old, and then moved to Ballito with her family, going back every now and then to visit. “I love ballito for its laid-back feel, sunny weather and friendly people,” said Amber.
She has been working on various projects this year and just spending time within needy communities.
“My objectives have been to help the community in any way possible, I love working with people,” said Amber.
“I feel like the only thing our neighbourhood lacks is getting involved within the communities. Everyone is willing to write a cheque, which is very generous and thoughtful, but money doesn’t fix everything. Lots of causes require some of your time,” added Amber.
Recently she has been working on an ‘equality on diverse cultures’ project, which the public will be hearing about very soon
“I think my passion or purpose in life is definitely to help people in a more psychological way. I feel the best way to help somebody is to aid them to come to an emotional conclusion so that they can fix the problems affecting them on their own terms,” said Amber.
When asked how she balances her school activities, her title responsibilities and recreational time, Amber said the best way for her is to manage her time via a diary.
“This way I know I’ve done everything I’ve needed to do and still fitted in my recreational activities – soccer, tennis, drawing, reading and singing,” she said.
She said she is most grateful to her family for their support.
“My family have supported me the most in my endeavours. I remember when I was small and I really wanted to achieve something but felt like I couldn’t my mom would always say, “Well, you’re definitely not going to with that attitude – just keep telling yourself, I can, I will and I want to.” With their support I know I can achieve anything!” said Amber.
In fact, she and her mom have been planning a 500 kilometre walk through Turkey to raise funds for a local charity. They plan to do this next year.
To aspiring beauty queens, Amber says just be yourself.
“Just be yourself always. Never compromise your values for anything and have faith – without faith you won’t get anywhere,” she said.
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