What’s up doc? Miss South Africa gets all literary on us
Proof that it’s silly to judge a book by its cover
I have loads of feelings and thoughts about the relevance of beauty contests, especially in 2018. With that in mind, I walked into Exclusive Books in Rosebank, Johannesburg, cynical and curious to see who would turn up for a Miss South Africa Book Club.My cynicism walked right out the mall when I saw the store was packed with women (mostly young twentysomethings, and a few men) looking at books and chatting about what they were reading. We need more people like Miss South Africa Adé van Heerden. A person who wants to use her platform for good –to promote reading, which could never be a bad thing.
“Books have played such an important role in my life and have helped shaped me into the woman I am today. I want to share, with other young women, the treasures that some of my favourite books hold. I want this to be more than just a book club, but rather a tangible experience of community, inspiration, support and growth,” says Van Heerden on why she started the book club.
Van Heerden, who is a medical doctor and lieutenant at 2 Military Hospital in Cape Town, takes the time to read and study the book before the meeting, makes notes, and then talks about it as well as letting the audience get to know her.The reigning Miss South Africa says that her book club is “open to anyone who would like to attend. I would like to create an inclusive environment for any young woman who is looking to better herself and rise to the goals she has set out for herself.”At the first book club meeting the book chosen was Rising Strong by Brené Brown. The gathering happens every last Wednesday at the month at an Exclusive Books store. The next one is on Wednesday March 28 at Exclusive Books in Hyde Park, Johannesburg.
The inspirational Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom is the next pick. Written 21 years ago, the message is still important and relevant: a heartwarming one of living your life with meaning. Albom, a sports journalist, found out that his favourite professor was dying with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He went to visit him, and soon he was there every Tuesday that Morrie had left, learning life lessons.Get your copy now and see what Miss South Africa has to say at 5.30pm for 6pm. It ends at 7pm.
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