Miss World BVI, Kertis Kassandra Malone ended her introduction speech at LIME's retail store in Road Town on a high note, literally singing 'I Believe' to a room filled with family and supporters last evening, July 24.
Mr. Sean Auguste, LIME's Managing Director for the BVI and Turks and Caicos had the honour of crowning and presenting the sash to Ms. Malone at the Flemming Street store.
By accepting the crown, Ms. Malone will represent the BVI at the Miss World pageant in Indonesia.
Mr. Sean Auguste LIME's Managing Director for the BVI and Turks and Caicos crowns and sashes Ms. Kertis Kassandra Malone as Miss BVI World 2013.
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Ms. Malone said that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a first step and it is certainly a pleasure for her to step out in faith on the journey to the Miss World crown and ambassadorial representation of her home, the beautiful British Virgin Islands.
"As a young woman, a BVIslander and a true champion for our people and culture, I promise to use my experiences from the Miss Fifth Form and Miss Hal Jackson titles to promote the best of Nature's Little Secret to the rest of the world. The intense preparation from the Miss World BVI Committee has given me the extra confidence necessary to position me as a worthy contender for the Miss World crown," Ms. Malone stated.
Mr. Auguste stated that LIME is happy to be partnering with Ms. Malone and spoke about the company's commitment to the community in areas where LIME's support is needed.
"Today is more than just crowning and sashing a beautiful daughter of the Virgin Islands soil. Today it's about celebrating the possibilities that lay within a young lady like Kassandra and thereby every other young lady or persons in the BVI. So often we see so many young people in the community stay away because they are not supported well because their dreams have been challenged even before they could get off the ground," Mr. Auguste said.
Ms. Malone is also partnering with the BVI Autism Centre to help to bring awareness and educate the community on autism and how everyone can coexist in normalcy.
"This cause is truly dear to my heart and that is why I am currently studying to become an educator and will focus my professional interests in special education and early childhood development," Ms. Malone shared.
During the event, LIME presented the Autism Centre with $1000.
The Miss World BVI Committee had selected Ms. Malone to represent the BVI at the international pageant.
Damion Grange of the Miss World BVI Committee explained that the selection was made because of limited time to host a pageant. He told reporters that two other persons along with Ms. Malone were interviewed, but the committee opted for Ms. Malone.
There are plans to stage the Miss World pageant locally next year.