THE Queen’s National Trust Fund will on Saturday host its sixth annual Queen’s Garden Tea Party at the Royal Village of Matsieng as part of efforts to educate and empower disadvantaged children.
The annual event was launched in 2010, with guests from all walks of life mingling with Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso in a relaxed and informal setting to raise funds for the trust fund.
According to Her Majesty’s Deputy Private Secretary Lineo Ramabele, in keeping with the tea party’s flair for elegance and style, this year’s catchphrase would be “Kindness is fashionable”.
“The Queen’s Garden Tea Party begins at 11 am, and ladies are expected to wear stylish hats and buy tables which they will decorate. The lady with the best hat and most stylishly inspiring table will walk away with an award as a form of motivation and token of appreciation,” Ramabele told the Weekender this week.
The trust fund was established by the late Queen ‘Mamohato Bereng Seeiso in 1985, with the aim of alleviating the challenges faced by the underprivileged.
Upon Queen ‘Mamohato’s passing in 2003, Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso took over the mantle from her mother-in-law and continued with the trust’s legacy of fostering the education of vulnerable children.
Ramabele said the Queen’s National Trust Fund assists needy students across the country with school fees and other basic needs such as books.
“The Queen’s National Trust Fund takes care of destitute and vulnerable children’s school needs throughout the country,” she said.
“The beneficiaries are selected with the assistance of school principals and chiefs taking into consideration their family’s background and vulnerability.
“The trust has helped over 300 children countrywide with some having already graduated from tertiary institutions such as the National University of Lesotho, Limkokwing University and University of Free State among others. The other beneficiaries are still in various tertiary institutions while the rest are still in high school.”
Ramabele said the trust had come to the aid of students who would otherwise not have received an education.
“The Queen’s National Trust Fund takes care of the needs of destitute children, be it orphaned or disabled, throughout the country,” she said. “Some may still have both parents, but they would be unable to afford their high school needs since free education ends in primary school. And, that is where the Queen’s trust chips in.
“The trust stands out as the embodiment of us as a nation that gives a helping hand to the less fortunate. Since its dawn, it has made great strides towards reaching this goal and keeps increasing in this regard each day.”