Pageant to raise RM20,000 for the handicapped

MIRI: The upcoming Miss Charity Beauty Pageant aims to raise RM20,000 for a worthy cause and reach out to the physically disabled community in the city.

Organised by Chloe’s Dream Studio in conjunction with Permy 3 Malaysia Day Carnival and Curtin Volunteers’ John Curtin Weekend, proceeds from the pageant would be channelled to the Persatuan Orang Kurang Upaya Fizikal Miri (POKUFM).

POKUFM was established last November by a few physically disabled individuals who were concerned about the welfare and support towards fellow physically disabled people in Miri.

Mayor Adam Yii encouraged the public to support the event.

“The organisation aims to narrow the gap between members, to encourage members’ active participation in various activities and to offer support and guidance in gaining independence with daily routine.

“At this stage, the organisation is struggling to grow because of the lack of finance and poor public awareness,” Yii told reporters at the Miri City Council.

The event’s charity ambassador Coco, a physically disabled freelance model, said she wanted to spread positivity among the physically disabled and inform the public that physical disabilities do not stop people from doing what they loved.

A non-refundable fee of RM50 applies upon registration for the Miss Charity Beauty Pageant, with total cash prizes worth RM7,000 to be won.

The launch of Miss Charity Beauty Pageant will take place on Sept 15, the first day of the Permy 3 Malaysia Day Carnival in Miri.

About 160 vendors are expected to participate in the carnival, which will feature a food festival, monster trucks as well as singing and eating contests.

The top eight candidates from the pageant will join a weekend volunteer programme to reach out to the longhouse community and be involved in a cultural exchange experience that is only available in Sarawak.

Community works usually include house painting, mini library building, bridge repairing and cleaning.

The event’s candidates will visit Rumah Mokeng in Berkenu together with other Curtin student volunteers.