1. Why did you decide to accept the invitation to become our very first Ambassador?
It had always been a dream of mine to become ever more active with helping in Africa, I have supported F.O.M.O (Friends of Mulanje Orphans) over the years, with collecting items, inc: education resource’s & using my network to get businesses, the public to support and making personal donations.
Consequently, I was absolutely thrilled to be invited to become KitAid’s Ambassador and by accepting the role in being an ambassador to KitAid, it has been a further blessing to be able to define my role and clarify to a wider audience the huge impact that we can all make to assist where help is needed the most.
2. What appeals to you most about KitAid?
I’m totally in love with how KitAid provides hope, joy and breaks down barriers to make a huge difference in the lives of others. Particularly, in the pursuit of achieving dreams. I believe everyone has a purpose and the help from the KitAid community in the provision of kits, to assist in goals, towards one’s dreams, is such a beautiful way to give joy and see the light at the end of a tunnel. We all face struggles of some nature and it is imperative to support others who face inequality and disadvantaged circumstances. I know through my own personal struggles the value of having much needed support in my life, also when i began my career and even to this present day, the value of having a support network is a real treasure. I believe we are all equal in the eyes of God, so to come together to bridge the gap in whichever ways we can is very much needed!
It is the love that is shared, which builds the bridge towards a better world and future for all of humanity.
3, Which other charities have you worked with?
F.O.M.O, Prince’s Trust, S.E.E.D/Breathe, Bliss Special Baby Care Charity, British Red Cross, Malaria No More (UK), Amnesty International, John Bury Trust, Smile, ICAHD, Action Aid, (Sharp)-Action On Addiction, Rethink Mental illness, JDRF (Diabetes), and East Lancashire Hospice (Starlight).
4. What are you most looking forward to in terms of supporting KitAid?
I’m really looking forward to getting more hands on, whether that be in terms of joining in the boxing up sessions,public events to increase further awareness and participating/engaging in a variety of projects to assist in empowering & aiding in the fueling and motivating others in their journey… I’m really excited for what is to come and despite the current situation we are all facing, I believe there is/will be new ways additionally and of course integrating the use of social media.
5. How have you found things so far, even though it has only been for a short period?
I’m thoroughly enjoying my role and involvement with KitAid, although short, it has been an absolute pleasure to be able to meet with Derrick and Janet, who share the same passions as I and I look very much forward to meeting the rest of the team also!
Furthermore by being able to create more awareness through new and varied publications and using my social media platforms to highlight the incredible work that KitAid do. I’m truly grateful.
About Mary HD!
6. You have such a varied career, how did you get into modelling, acting and singing?
Yes, a bit of an all rounder..They all seem to overlap one another really, even in the unfolding of my journey.
I got scouted to be a model when I was just 12 years old in Manchester, with my mum- However, it was later on, when my height increased that bit further and I’d finished school, that I joined model agencies on a full-time basis and commenced upon my modelling career…
Although I had studied Drama, it was through my network of modelling, that led to my acting roles, as they also had casting divisions for acting. Similarly, to my music path, it interwoven in the network, whereby, Fred Jerkins (Darkchild Entertainment) in the US, contacted me, as he found my info though my website and saw that I wrote music,after reading my biography. Then I started recording my music from then onward, so this is what got the ball rolling with my music career initially and I continued on from there..
7. What has been the highlight of each one?
Well, looking at a highlight for all 3 routes, I would say they collectively combine in my perspective, which is possibly overlooked at, on the surface… Since they all aid in personal growth, confidence, self-belief and resilience. Moreover, knowing how to deal with one’s emotions in a positive way and using Self-expression. By expressing, it assist’s in giving a voice to those that may not ‘feel’ they have one. We all have a voice. It is very important to empower people to use it. You can have talent and work hard, then get opportunities, but then what it is used for is crucially important.
Music, I believe, essentially unites people and can be immensely therapeutic, healing and empowering, when used in a positive manner. Consequently, the way I view it, whether it is Fashion, Music, TV or Film, it can be used as a way to share a story/narrative/dialogue, that can make a positive impact to make a difference for a better world for us all.
Additionally, all the wonderfully unique & special people that I have met through the journey and being able to travel throughout the beautiful world.
8. Which country would you most like to visit and why?
Malawi, because I feel it would be way more impactful being there physically in person. I really hope to be able to do so in the future!!
It didn’t happen back in 2009 and I then went on to Palestine. It came round full circle and at the beginning of this year, I was trying again to make it happen..Then lockdown,. I really hope and pray to go in the future!!
9. What is your favourite meal?
Tortellini alla crema and warm chocolate brownie-with either raspberries/strawberries and cream 🙂
10 Other than one of your own songs, what would you sing as your Karaoke floor filler!
Faith by George Michael (RIP)
11. Which football team do you support?
I don’t have a ‘one’ favourite football team that I support…However, I do support ALL those that support KitAid! 😀 The ones that help the most will surely be in the top of Mary’s League!!! 🙂
12. Once we are free from Covid-19, what will you do first (that you cannot currently do?)
Get more involved with KitAid projects in person! Travel furthermore! & go to a Spa! 🙂