TURNING THE NEGATIVE INTO THE POSITIVE
Roxane Hayward has always been a strong advocate for health and fitness, but after a compromising near kidnapping incident in 2015, Roxane felt the need to learn how to defend herself and evolve from a helpless victim, to an empowered individual. She moved her attention from weights at the gym to boxing gloves in the ring - Muaythai. Since starting her Muaythai training in 2016 with two-time world champion Quentin Chong, she also became a spokeswoman for self-defense and continues to host seminars in South Africa alongside the 'Protect Your Body Project' foundation and Renzo Gracie South Africa. These seminars focus on human rights, empowerment, safety and teaching individuals how to defend themselves.
Having recently immigrated to the US, Roxane has continued these seminars, working with schools in Los Angeles, developing children's environmental awareness as well as their physical and mental empowerment.
Human trafficking is an evil that is plaguing our world. It is estimated that over 40 million victims are trapped in force labour via human trafficking. Over 50% of those people are exploited sexually. Human trafficking and modern day slavery is the world's fastest growing criminal industry. The first step in tackling this growing epidemic is confronting that it exists and coming to the harsh realisation that it is happening on our doorstep.
The recent international HeardPSA campaign contacted Roxane Hayward to create powerful Public Service Announcements (PSAs) to raise awareness on this hard to confront subject. This was an initiative which took place to highlight “My Freedom Day” for 2017 – in partnership with global media broadcaster CNN and the Global Sustainability Network.
Roxane wrote, directed and produced (alongside Quentin Chong) the PSA titled 'Open Your Eyes'. It continues to be broadcast internationally and has won various international awards - furthering it's reach in spreading insight into the realities of human trafficking and modern day slavery.
Watch the PSA below.
FEEDING THE SOUL
Roxane has released her first Recipe eBook as part of her online blog The Banting Blondes - supporting the South African NGO Breadline Africa raise funds for their charity which assists and teaches impoverished communities how to become self-sustainable.
Over 60 healthy recipes using unprocessed and unrefined ingredients, health tips and motivational quotes. Every copy bought contributes towards Breadline Africa.
Switching our focus from ourselves and 'what we can eat' to other whose concerns are 'if they will eat'.