Charl-jaquairdo van Helsdingen

Charl was born in the West Rand of Johannesburg South Africa, Charl is currently studying for his diploma in Sports Psychology and is a personal trainer, dancer, and model by trade.

Charl’s hobbies include spending time with his family and friends, cooking and exploring our beautiful country, South Africa.

He is passionate about getting involved in charity foundations close to his heart, such as Project Brave Heart, as well as Love your Nuts, which is a testicular cancer and cancer awareness foundation.

As a 2-time cancer survivor, Charl has found a new outlook on life.  He believes that we are capable of overcoming absolutely ANY obstacle and challenge that life throws our way.  The biggest blessing in life is coming out the other side stronger, healthier and hungrier to live a happier life, to make your mark.  It is our responsibility to share our stories and inspire others out there with the urge and ability to find the strength within themselves to speak up and make a change in this world.

Charl was announced Mr Gay World South Africa in 2019 and by winning this title Charl hopes to reach more people who need a strong role model. He inspires, educates and motivates others to stand up and speak about issues and challenges that may be taboo or uncomfortable to speak about such as stigmas around HIV/AIDS, safe sex, bullying, depression and other related topics.