Quinne Brown is an actress and a birth worker who is passionate about stories and the value of an individual’s beginning and path. She is a mother of two girls and actively supports the recognition of women and the feminine. Quinne shares her own story filled with adventure, challenge and the hilarious. Her acting career started on the set of the television soapie, 7de Laan in the year 2000. She worked and learned from masters such as Annie Basson, David Dennis, Gys de Villiers and Wilna Snyman. After school, Quinne traveled and spent a year on an equestrian estate in the UK, where she qualified as a groom and trainer with the British Horse Society. She also worked in event management for a London-based company. During the five years as a soap actress, Quinne became involved in South Africa’s transformation process through her charity work and public appearances. These included promotional appearances for 7de Laan. Currently, Quinne is busy with the following projects: <ul> <li>Actress</li> <li>Public Speaker</li> <li>Ambassador for Special Olympics</li> <li>Blogger and Speaker for Mammas 24/7</li> <li>Birth Coach for young parents</li> <li>Brand Ambassador for Bloomlifestyle ZA</li> <li>Drama coach for 9-12-year-old students</li> <li>Workshop facilitator for teenage-girls, in order to inspire a loving awareness of each other</li> <li>Blogging</li> <li>And then, of course, an Ambassador for Project Brave Heart.</li> </ul> Therefore it was an obvious choice to make Quinne one of our Brave Ambassadors. Her bubbly caring personality and experience will be a great asset to our NPC. She will be assisting us with public speaking at schools, etc.
Nobuhle Mimi MahlaselActress
Nobuhle Mimi Mahlasela has been in the entertainment industry for 12 years. During these years she acquired a lot of experience in TV, film, voice over work, MC work and stage. She’s also done a few adverts. She is well known for her role on the SAFTA and You spectacular award winning soapie 7de Laan as “Aggie”. She landed her first movie role as a female traffic officer on Leon Schuster’s Mad Buddies. She also starred in a movie My Father’s War and many others. As a theatre trained actress, she was recently on stage at The Johannesburg Theatre in an all-star cast play called The Caucasian Chalk Circle. Besides her television and stage work she also does motivational speaking and is a fuller figure model. She is also a proud ambassador for Placecol Skin Care SA. Before making her mark professionally in the industry, Nobuhle studied Dramatic Arts (3yrs) after her matric year at Pretoria Technikon now known as Tshwane University of Technology (TUT). So many South Africans adore Nobuhle and her role Aggie that she plays. They also love her as she is a style icon for many women. Her bubbly personality makes her the perfect choice as an ambassador for Project Brave Heart.
Vanes-Mari du ToitProteas Netball Player. TV Presenter.
She is one of our Sports Brave Ambassadors, you will know her as the M-Net Dancing with Stars SA 2018 semi-finalist. She is also an international Netball Player who has played in the Australia and England Super Leagues. She has 36 caps as a Spar Protea Netball Player, as well as a South African Fast 5 Netball Player with 36 caps. She is also a TV Presenter. She completed her BCom Human Resource manangement and Honours in Industrial Psychology. She is also a SuperSport Netball Commentator. She inspires lives with her motivational speaking and she is also an enthusiastic and positive Sport Coach to many. She is a full-time Christian and a Child of God. Therefore it was an obvious choice to make her one of our Ambassadors. Herewith her view on Project Brave Heart and why she became an Ambassador: ‘’I love what Project Brave Heart is doing, they’re not only creating awareness about bullying in South Africa, but they are going to implement Anti-Bullying programs in schools too. As an avid sports athlete and coach, I get exposed to a lot of types of bullying every day. On and off the sports field. I have been made fun of and humiliated for being very tall (1.9m) for speaking my mind and being ‘’loud’’, for having a lazy eye, for having big feet as a lady (size 10), for standing up for what was right… the list goes on. I am now older and realize that being different to others makes you a target for bullying, but also, being different is your best attribute in this crazy world of ours. Why do we want to fit in so badly if we were born to stand out? God created you so perfect and has an amazing plan with your life, every single one of us has a purpose to fulfill on earth. Let’s love each other for our differences and respect each other’s purpose on earth. Who are we to make judgements on someone else’s life when you yourself will be judged by God one day. You only have one life to live and one body to take care of, stop trying to be like everybody else. If you think about it, everybody else is already taken. Thank you, Project Brave Heart, for creating a voice against bullying, because whether you are being bullied or if you are the bully yourself, everybody is affected by bullying every day.’’
Ingrid Vraagom was born in Uitenhage (Eastern Cape) & was raised in PTA where she studied Drama at TUT (Tshwane University of Technology). Her professional career started 2000/1, portraying the character Vanessa Meintjies on the popular Afrikaans Soap 7de Laan for the past 20 years and is also a Director on the set. Ingrid is married to Actor/Director Denver Vraagom and has 2 daughters Skye (16, Hannah (8 months). Both Ingrid &Denver are motivational speakers for ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) ever since Skye was diagnosed a few years ago. Recently Ingrid joined the Project Brave family and feels very honoured to be a part of such a wonderful organisation. Her mission is to spread the message of hope and shine a light on the effects of Cyber bullying.
Charl-Jaquairdo van HelsdingenMr Gay World South Africa
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.
Chad Esau was working the graveyard shift at a coffee shop, when a booker from MMM – A Multi Management Agency, approached him asking if he wanted to be a model. He jumped at the opportunity and that’s where the journey started. With encouragement from the MMM team, Chad, who has Vitiligo and experienced bullying as a result, used this negativity as motivationto showcase that beauty has no barriers to inspire others who are a little different. Today Chad is a contestant for Mr. South Africa 2020 and brand ambassador for Braveheart. Vitiligo affects Chad on a day-to-day basis as it’s something he sees in the mirror every day. Whilst entering adulthood, Chad started embracing his different skin. As a result, he became a happier person and started attracting people with his positive attitude and outlook on life. With a platform as big as the Mr. South Africa competition, he hopes to create more awareness to stop bullying not just in schools but also in the workplace. He wants to become a positive role model and mentor for society. “I believe people should empower each other and not put each other down. Society needs to understand that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes and colors. If you witness someone being bullied, don’t be a spectator. Intervene in a respectful manner to make the person aware that what they are doing is wrong and hurtful and that they should not do it again.” Chad lives his life by these words: “You are enough. There is nothing wrong with you. You are Imperfectly Perfect.”
Ivan Roux is a versatile and very talented musician, singer & songwriter. You may have seen him on the popular Idols SA in 2014, where he reached the Top 10. Ivan was also runner up in ”Die Kontrak”. Ivan released his first album in September titled ‘’Kop in die Sand’’. Not long after, he released his single ‘’Boer’’. The song and music video caused an uproar among the South African public and in less than a week it had 70 000 views. When Ivan is not busy playing on South African stages with well-known singers, he is busy working on new material for new songs. Ivan is an artist who has his heart and soul in every performance. Ivan’s music is currently available on digital platforms such as iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play & many more. Our paths crossed with Ivan when he spoke out on his Facebook page against bullying and we then knew that he would, with his bubbly caring personality be a great asset for Project Brave Heart.
Melikhaya Ndabeni was born in a small town in the Eastern Cape called Barkly East. He was raised in a family of six children, four boys and two girls. He started his primary education at Sizamulwazi Primary School, where his teacher discovered that he had a good voice. In 2003, he was selected as one of the boys to join the Drakensberg Police Choir. “I was very honored and excited to be part of the choir l felt like it was the beginning of my career”, says Melikhaya. In 2006, he entered the Eastern Cape Music Association (ECMA), as the soloist, and performed in one of Verdi’s operas namely La Traviata and won the district elimination. Melikhaya was always passionate about music. In 2007, he went to Cape Town to finish his high school level at Harry Gwala High School and due to his love for music, joined the school choir and became one of the soloists. There he met two boys Nkumbuzo and Akhona, and later Mawande, and later on joined the choir. In 2008 he was called to go and perform at an old age home as soloist. The following year, he approached his three friends and shared the idea to perform as a group, resulting in the birth of Heavenly Quartez. After he completed matric, he auditioned for Cape Town Opera. “I was very fortunate to be part of the Cape Town Opera. They helped me to pursue my career and study more music” Melikhaya felt very honored to do some of the production such as Lucia de Lammemoor, Carmen, and Otello. Brave Heart’s mission is to use different tools to ensure that bullying is addressed. Music is a fantastic tool and a universal language. Melly’s expertise and bubbly personality will be a great asset for Project Brave Heart.