It’s less than a month until the final of Miss Wales 2016, I’ve been a finalist since last July, and the time has flown by. After a lot of thought and doubt, I pushed myself into applying, and it was the best decision I have made. I have made so many friends for life through the competition. Girls that have so much in common with myself, and we have all grown as young, confident, empowering women together. The experience is one that I would encourage every young woman to do, it helps you gain confidence and to find yourself, and what you are passionate about.
Since being a Miss Wales finalist I have taken part in so many things that I wouldn’t of had the chance or confidence to do without the competition. I have taken part in photo-shoots, fashion shows, charity events, award nights; it’s been truly amazing.
I think the most extraordinary part of Miss Wales is that while taking part we all can raise money for such a worthy cause, ‘BEAUTY WITH A PURPOSE’ a charity that helps disadvantaged children. It’s so rewarding knowing that I am making a difference with the money I am raising for children in communities around me.
To raise money for Beauty With A Purpose, I have held a charity evening in a local country hotel, which included a three-course meal, disco and raffle; it was a very successful night that was full of family, friends, and local people supporting me in my journey of Miss Wales, they all helped me raise a great amount of money for the charity. I have still got a few events arranged in the run up to the final to raise even more money for the charity, I am looking forward to raising as much money as I can as I think its such an amazing cause.
I feel while taking part in the Miss Wales journey, I have been able to help a lot of people build their confidence, I love to work closely with children to give them the right encouragement that they need to be confident and be able to believe in themselves, as a lot of children lack this. I have always worked and helped out in a riding stables that holds a saddle club on a Saturday, this club helps children progress their education with animals, it’s so lovely to see the children week by week build their confidence and progress so much, and I have only been able to show them this through the competition as it has taught me so much about being a confident, empowering young women.
I feel truly grateful for having the opportunity to take part in a competition all about empowering young women in Wales, and making a difference. I will be forever grateful to Paula Abbandonato for giving me the opportunity.