LUCY PETER is one of ten finalists in the Mrs Commonwealth SA Pageant for which the finals will take place at the Lyric Theatre in Gold Reef City on August 26.
The Commonwealth Pageants’ South Africa (Pty) Ltd is a platform created for women of all ages to become Charity and Culture Ambassadors within South Africa and the broader international community. Its aim is to empower women with the knowledge to bring change to communities in need by bringing sustainable change through projects which focus primarily on social upliftment, food relief and orphaned children.
Lucy was born and bred in Sezela and her family later moved to Umzinto in Lily Road, Roseville, where she attended local schools, Umzinto Secondary and Roseville Secondary. A qualified biology teacher, Lucy studied teaching at Springfield College and taught at Howick High and Overport High thereafter moving to Lenasia where she taught at Nirvana Secondary for nine years before she decided to empower herself and hit the books again.
She is married to Simon and they have two children, Austin and Kaylee. Lucy is currently an International Commercial Learning & Development Manager at Zoetis in Johannesburg.
Her interest in the pageant was because it is charity based and it would allow her to get involved in community work on a bigger scale. Since being chosen as a finalist she has had the chance to become involved in the Pink Drive and various other charity organizations making a difference.
Lucy wants to change the mindset of women who believe that there are limits to what they can do. “I have learned a lot about myself from the various causes which I have been involved in recently. I entered Mrs Commonwealth with the purpose of building healthy families and better communities. My tagline is ‘It starts with me’,” said Lucy.
“This project is close to my heart as I am a high risk patient for cancer. I have family and friends that have been affected by cancer so I saw this as an opportunity to get involved on a bigger scale as it will give me a platform to allow me to reach more people. This platform has surely given me more credibility. I hope that I can inspire the youth that it is possible to achieve your dreams and that everyone has the ability to make a difference in their own way.
We need to build as a community and it starts with building healthy families. There is always hope and opportunities to grow and excel no matter where you come from, you just need to believe in yourself. When I grew up, odds were stacked against me but I chose to take a leap of faith,
I conquered and persevered. I want to inspire the youth, women and families and leave a legacy behind,” said Lucy.