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Kadia K. Turnbull receives her Miss World BVI Crown

- departs for Miss World International Pageant in Washington DC
Kadia K. Turnbull is crowned by 2015-2016 Miss World BVI Sasha O. E. Wintz. Photo: VINO
Miss BVI 2016/2016 Erika R. Creque embraces Miss World BVI Kadia K. Turnbull. Photo: VINO
Miss BVI 2016/2016 Erika R. Creque embraces Miss World BVI Kadia K. Turnbull. Photo: VINO
Awardees, L-R, President of the Rotary Club of Tortola Ingrid A. Moses Scatliffe, Jaleel F. Cameron, Gloria A. Fahie and Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith. Photo: VINO
Awardees, L-R, President of the Rotary Club of Tortola Ingrid A. Moses Scatliffe, Jaleel F. Cameron, Gloria A. Fahie and Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith. Photo: VINO
The Coronation and inaugural Beauty with a Purpose Philanthropic Awards Ceremony was held at The Moorings on November 25, 2016. Photo: VINO
The Coronation and inaugural Beauty with a Purpose Philanthropic Awards Ceremony was held at The Moorings on November 25, 2016. Photo: VINO
WICKHAM’S CAY II, Tortola, VI- Chairman of the Miss World BVI Organisation, Mr Damian C. Grange says despite not having a local pageant to select the winner to represent the territory, he is confident that Kadia K. Turnbull will represent the Virgin Islands (UK) to the “highest degree” at the 66th edition of the Miss World International Pageant in Washington DC on December 18, 2016.

Turnbull, 26, was crowned Miss World BVI 2016/2017 last evening, Friday November 25, 2016 at The Moorings Conference Room at the Coronation and inaugural Beauty with a Purpose Philanthropic Awards Ceremony.

She was among two who showed interest in the pageant and instead of going through the process, the two underwent an interview and Turnbull was selected to hold the Miss World BVI title.

Chairman of the Miss World BVI Organisation, Mr Damian C. Grange noted that this is the organisation’s third year identifying a representative for the pageant.

“I am absolutely confident,” he said. “It is also nothing new to Kadia because she has represented us on another platform which is fashion, so she has been exposed to an international stage. I think she is a confident young lady, she has been through much and I think her story will resonate in D.C.”

He pointed out that the pageant, which carries a viewership larger than that of Superbowl, gives the VI “mass exposure.”

“It is focused really on brains and beauty but more so purpose. As part of the programme, young ladies must be working as a philanthropist giving back in one form or the other to their community and they must also travel with an auction item that they will auction off to raise funds for the international beauty with a purpose organisation.”

Confident of effecting change

The newly crowned Miss World BVI 2016/2017 told the media that she too is confident in representing the territory.

“Miss World came right at a time when I could use my core values and join it with the Miss World core values to make an effective change in our communities in the BVI for persons suffering from depression while being an ambassador for the territory,” Turnbull told the media moments after her coronation. “I am very confident. My reign is all about being sincere, being educated on what I am doing and appreciating every minute of it.”

The five challenge events of the pageant to take place in the run-up to the final are Beauty with a Purpose, Multimedia, Sports, Talent, and Top Model, a segment she plans on excelling in. She is currently on her way to the US as the competition begins today with the talent rehearsal.

Who is Kadia K. Turnbull?

Turnbull grew up very much involved in extracurricular activities such as dance groups, music groups, BVI Red Cross Juniors, High School Peer Leadership Programme, Carlisle Cheerleader captain among others.

A model, who goes under the name Kadia Kade, she has graced stages in New York, Florida, Haiti, St Maarten and right at home in the VI.

She related that she silently suffered from depression and as a result started depression awareness and support Facebook page at KadiaCares and assisted in launching the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance in the VI.

She said in her reign, she intends to use her sincerity, creativeness, and appreciation to represent the VI, magnify on the core values of the Miss World Organisation and offer genuine and constructive help to those suffering from depression.

Over one 100 countries are represented at the international event.

Sasha O.E. Wintz was the 2015/2016 Miss World BVI and represented the VI in the 2015 pageant in Sanya, China.

Her focus was on Special Needs.

3 receive Inaugural Philanthropic Awards

The event last evening was two-fold in that there was also the presentation of Philanthropic Awards, which seeks to highlight the people and organisations that are giving back in order to better communities and in turn the world.

The awards were sponsored and handed over by Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith, who also pledged an additional $1,000 to each recipient.

Meantime, the award for Outstanding Philanthropist was awarded to Jaleel F. Cameron for his selfless deed. Cameron was only a grade five student at the St George’s Primary School when he was diagnosed to be potentially suffering from epilepsy. In order to confirm that suspicion, he was referred to an overseas-based facility since the machine was unavailable locally. It was further confirmed that he was, in fact, suffering from the condition. He, along with his grandmother, sold water every weekend for a period of time and donated a $7,000 cheque to Peebles Hospital for the purchase of the EEG (Electroencephalogram) machine. Currently, he is in the process of raising funds for the purchase of Christmas gifts for the less fortunate in society.

The award for Outstanding Philanthropist Organisation was given to the Rotary Club of Tortola for its role in inspiring people to work collaboratively towards community enhancement as well as the mobilisation of resources to these communities around the territory as they build collective power to change the world.

The Recipient of Lifetime Philanthropic award was awarded to Ms Gloria A. Fahie for her over five years in volunteerism, leadership, generosity towards multiple local, regional and international charities, including as the Chairperson of the BVI Cancer Society.

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