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Karabelo’s family basks in glory

Lerato Matheka

MASERU — The family of Karabelo Mokoallo who made history last Saturday when she was crowned Miss Humanity International 2011 in Barbados has described their daughter as a “God-given child with a purpose”.
In an interview with the Sunday Express at Moshoshoe 1 International Airport on Wednesday, the family said Mokoallo had always been involved in charity work from a young age.
“Karabelo is a God-given child with a purpose,” ‘Malebesa Mokoallo, Karabelo’s mother, said.
“We often took Karabelo’s talent for granted until she won her first national pageant (Miss Lesotho Companies) in 2008. All her life she has been displaying her modelling talent.”
‘Malebesa said her daughter had also demonstrated a generous spirit from a young age.
“She has made history by being crowned the queen of a humanitarian pageant and a giving and compassionate heart is what Karabelo grew up with,” ‘Malebesa said.
“As a very young girl she wouldn’t even consult me at times to help children in our area.
“During the Christmas season Karabelo would put old clothes aside and ask us to donate them to needy children and families within our area,” she reminisced.
‘Malebesa said the first time Karabelo took to charity work was after she was crowned Miss Lesotho Companies in 2008.
After that the family started taking her seriously and giving her all the support she needed, she said.
“We always prayed with her and hoped for the best and this victory is through the faith we as a family have in God,” she said.
Karabelo’s father, Ramaseli Mokoallo, said his daughter had brought light and hope to the nation and the modelling industry at large.
“This is history that has been made and we are very proud that it was made in our family,” Mokoallo said.
He said their daughter was quite touched after she phoned informing them that she had won the title in Barbados.
“All the way she was bubbly and excited telling us how she was doing but when she announced she had won, I could tell she was very lonely and emotional,” he said.
He urged the government to promote modelling as a career for scores of beautiful young women in Lesotho.
“Even if it’s not family members that are sent along with the girls the government should at least send them with a representative because going international is a big step,” he said.
The 24-year-old Karabelo won two other titles during the pageant.
She was crowned Continental Queen of Africa and Beauty with a Mission.
The Lesotho Times, the country’s biggest weekly newspaper, contributed M5 000 to help her cover travel expenses.

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