Emily Donnan Courtade - Miss Cardiff 2015 - June 2015

18 June 2015
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18 June 2015, Comments 0

It has been a whirlwind since being crowned Miss Cardiff. Amidst completing my degree, I have had the chance to get involved in lots of exciting opportunities. Soon after the pageant, I felt compelled to continue doing charity work and was also to look for a way to get involved with my community; that is when I found Tŷ Hafan. Based in South Wales, they are an amazing charity that help life-limited children by providing creative therapies and a wonderful hospice. I was successful in my application to become an ambassador for the charity; in my role I attend events which are held in aid of Tŷ Hafan and talk to people about the work the charity does. The people I have met so far at Tŷ Hafan are so full-of-life and generous. I cannot wait to visit the hospice in Sully to meet the children who I have heard lots of amazing stories about.
Shortly after Miss Wales I was contacted by a non-profit organisation named Big Moose, created by a guy named Jeff Smith. Both he and his family (who support him with the events) are incredibly genuine, and his passion to do-good without seeking any kind of reward is undoubtedly inspirational. I was lucky enough to volunteer at an event called ‘Supertri’. Jeff and his team created this event to give disabled children a chance to take part in a triathlon. When I heard about this, I instantly thought it was a great idea as I knew specialised sport equipment is costly and it means those with disabilities often lack access to sports. The day was incredible! Seeing so many happy faces and hearing so much laughter made the event very special, and I am sure it will be a hit for many years to come.
Now I am exam-free I am making exciting plans for my year as Miss Cardiff. At the end of the month I will be helping my lovely sponsors ‘Amaryllis’ at a wedding fayre as a hair model. I am also in full fundraising mode for a children’s charity, Childreach International with whom myself and a team of students were planning to head out to Nepal to build an early development centre. Due to the devastating recent earthquakes, we sadly have had to postpone this trip until next year, but this has not stopped our fundraising efforts! Both myself and other Cardiff students are also helping in our community by collecting items students do not want or need at the end of the University year, sprucing them up and donating them to the YMCA (and other charities) in a scheme called ‘Get It Out for Cardiff’. Rumour has it we are meeting the mayor! But that is a story for another blog! Until next time x

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