BEAUTY WITH A PURPOSE
The theme of Beauty With A Purpose it is at the heart of Miss World, working tirelessly to raise funds for many good causes over the years. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been donated to local and international organisations in aid of disadvantaged children the world over.
Causes to have benefitted from Miss World include Variety International the Children’s Charity, the funding for Cleft Palate Teams in South America, Sri Lanka and Russia; supporting Operation Hunger and the Nelson Mandela Trust in Africa, and teaming up with Jackie Chan and the Chinese Red Cross in bringing aid to those affected by the Asian tsunami.
Miss World has also been involved in fundraising tours of Vietnam, As a result of the tours, 100 million Vietnamese Dong was donated to the SOS children’s village in Nha Trang, which acts as a centre for abandoned and neglected children, and a 50 million donation was made for the many underprivileged families in Hau Giang.
Dang Thi Minh Nguyet from the fundraising department of the Vietnamese Red Cross said “Miss World has done so much to raise money and influence programs to help people in need. Thank you for bringing some happiness to the less fortunate people of our country”.
The Miss World Festival 2009 began with a special Charity Dinner to launch the Variety International Children’s Fund. The event raised over $400,000 for nutritional, educational and medical projects in Haiti.
The 2010 Charity Auction was held in Shanghai. The auction raised 1.8 million RMB to assist the recovery of people affected by floods that had devastated Hainan Island. Further donations saw the total rise to nearly 10 million RMB. Julia Morley and the Miss World contestants then visited the worst-hit areas, distributing tonnes of rice and cooking oil, as well as bringing the much needed funds.
However, Beauty With A Purpose does not stop with just the titleholder. National representatives and licence holders are actively encouraged to support worthy projects in their own countries. Part of the brief to contenders in each country is that they volunteer their time or fundraise for projects in their own countries. The Beauty With A Purpose Award singles out and recognises the Miss World contestant who is shown to have made a real difference to people in need in her homeland. Their hard work is rewarded with a guarantee of continued support for their chosen cause from Miss World.