Little queen with a big heart



September 6, 2016
Little queen with a big heart

Keagan-Lee "Apple" Croy, eight, shows off her pageant titles

Young beauty starts sanitary pad campaign for schoolgirl.

This tiny Cape Flats beauty queen is on a mission to bring comfort to young girls who miss school during menstruation.

Hanover Park’s first princess Keegan-Lee “Apple” Croy has added two more titles to her name since the Daily Voice last spoke with her in March.

Last month, the eight-year-old was selected to be a finalist in the Miss Pre-Teen South Africa, and was crowned Miss Pageants South Africa Western Cape.

Next year, Apple will compete against other young meisies from around the country in the hope of bringing home the title of Miss Pre-teen.

As part of her charity drive ahead of the pageant, Apple is collecting sanitary pads for 50 underprivileged girls in her community.

She is teaming up with the non-profit organisation, Dignity Dreams.

According to the NPO, millions of girls around the country miss several days of school each month due to a lack of sanitary pads.

This is Apple’s second charity initiative, adding to her Apple Socks Project for the less fortunate.

Her proud grandmother, Daphne Croy, says they are looking for sponsors to help Apple with her latest charity drive.

“She already has her Apple Socks Project where she buys the wool and gets someone to knit the socks for her,” Daphne tells the Daily Voice.

“She gives her socks to various charities.

“Now she is also collecting pads, some of which she is going to donate to 50 underprivileged girls in the community.

“With every pad she collects, she sells some of it back to the community and the monetary proceeds go towards Dignity Dreams.

“She just started with the initiative so she hasn’t collected any pads yet,” the ouma adds.

Earlier this year, Apple was crowned second princess of the Miss Petite South Africa pageant.

The little girl has made it to the top three in more than 15 pageants, including winning Miss Hanover Park.

Daphne says: “I am very proud of her and all she has achieved so far.”

“I always teach her the importance of giving back to her community.

“No matter how many pageants she wins, she always stays grounded and she never forgets to thank God,” she adds.

To help Apple help other girls, please contact Daphne on 083 569 3055.

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