First Miss Earth BVI Pageant set for June 2013
The pageant is set for June 2013 to appropriately coincide with National Environment Day. World Environment Day is also observed in June.
This is a collaborative effort of Xandar’s Coaching and Consulting Agency and Belle Entertainment and according to one of the organisors, Riiva Williams, the response from both stakeholders and possible contestants has been encouraging.
Ms Williams is promising a pageant of a difference and noted that the primary purpose of the initiative is to help raise awareness of relevant environmental issues specific to communities the contestants will represent, in addition to emphasising intellectual growth, community awareness and environmental appreciation of the Virgin Islands.
In a presentation on January 24, 2013 by Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark H. Vanterpool, he alluded to the growing need to place emphasis on initiatives that would impact protecting the environment. He spoke of his ministry’s role to play in this regard through energy conservation.
“The time has now come for us to truly enter the 21st century and recognize that we too in the Virgin Islands must do our part in protecting the environment and develop alternate methods for the supply of energy,” said Hon. Vanterpool. He had also indicated that over the next three years, in conjunction with the BVI Electricity Corporation, the government will modernize Legislation governing energy development, reduce consumption of electricity by some 30 percent by implementing various conservation methods and implement renewable energy systems which will diversify the way energy is produced.
“By 2023, our Territory will have almost half of its energy produced by renewable means. This will result in a smaller carbon footprint for our territory and allow us to do our part in reducing Global Warming,” envisaged Minister Vanterpool.
That may be one of the likely subjects of contestants for the inaugural pageant in addition to focusing on the goal of gaining confidence in dealing with challenges, even as they elevate themselves through public speaking, personal appearance, social development, educational and career goals and becoming positive role models throughout the Territory.
According to a recent press release circulated by the promoters, the winner of Miss Earth British Virgin Islands will become an Environmental Ambassador of the VI and will have the opportunity to represent the Territory in several shows throughout the Caribbean and internationally.
“We also encourage each participants to take part in any positive programme where they can become involved in the community,” the release had stated.
The winner of the Miss Earth BVI crown will also receive handsome prize packages including Charlie Co. Green Frost Shoes, $5,000 cash, trip to Miss Earth, trip to Miss Humanities, trip to Miss Jamzone, official Trophy, official Sash, Kindle and a trophy for participating.
Contestants will compete in five categories; Introduction, Swimwear, Culture Costume, Talent, Evening Wear and Question and Answer.
The pageant committee is currently accepting applications from young women 18-26 years of age and persons interested in entering the pageant can send email to email@example.com or find the committee on Facebook www.facebook.com/missearth.bvi.
Closing date for applications is February 28, 2013.