Eighteen year-old Vena Mookram is one of the finalists in the Miss World Guyana 2017 competition which takes place tomorrow at the Marriott Hotel. As part of her beauty with a purpose project, Mookram has chosen to focus on health and fitness, stating that it is not a mere option for her but a way of life.
In her own words, Mookram opens up in the extract below about her love for Region Four, while explaining her Beauty with a Purpose Project.
“One of the many things that I love about my region is that the capital of Guyana, Georgetown, is located there. It is the hub of Guyana. Most of the ports are located there and persons from all across Guyana travel to Georgetown daily to conduct their business.
My beauty with a purpose project is “Promoting Physical Fitness and Nutrition in relation to the prevention of chronic disease”. I chose to undertake this project because cardiovascular diseases and diabetes are the two major chronic illnesses in Guyana, and they account for the top one and four causes of death respectively in our country.
On a more personal level, my family has a history of diabetes, which is the reason why I see this as a major problem. Apart from that, I love and I live a healthy lifestyle and I want to motivate and encourage others to do the same.
On June 11, I hosted a Health Fair. The aim of the fair was to promote good health. A number of organizations/companies participated in this event including Guyana Blood Bank, Guyana Cancer Foundation, Young leaders in Diabetes, Bio Oil, Xtreme Fitness Gym, C. Persaud Dental Lab, Banks D.I.H and Namilco.
The name of my campaign is FitFam. I launched my FitFam Shake which is available at M&M Snackette and the sale of this shake is the main source of my fundraising.
I hope to raise $100,000 to donate to the Diabetic Summer Camp that is hosted by the Ministry of Public Health as I am working along with them. On June 17, I was a part of a fitness walk hosted by Xtreme Fitness Gym.
Apart from these events, I visited Bishops’ High and conducted a physical education class with the subject teacher and encouraged the students to live a healthier lifestyle. I also promoted my project on the radio, through youth groups and temples.
I am determined to make a positive impact, win or lose, and even after the pageant is over, I will try my best to continue promoting my cause to be a part of turning Guyana into a healthier nation.
I encourage everyone to follow my journey on my regional page, DemeraraMahaica, and vote for me using GTT, which is the official “Text to Vote Partner” by texting “Vena” to 620-8683.
I would like to take this opportunity to invite the public to the Miss World Guyana 2017 Coronation at Guyana Marriott Hotel on Sunday June 25. Tickets for the coronation can be purchased at Giftland, GT&T on Camp St., and Robb St., John Lewis, and Cara Lodge. Prices for the regular tickets cost $7,500 and V.I.P $12,000.
In closing, I would like to thank the Miss World Guyana Organization for allowing me the opportunity to make a difference in my country. Thank you to all the Miss World Guyana 2017 partners including GTT, Impressions, Windsor Estates, Kissoon Furniture Store and Massy Stores along with all the other partners for making sure our journey is a comfortable and exciting one.
To my sponsors, M&M Investment Inc, Xtreme Fitness Gym, and Shoe Heaven, thank you for all that you have done for me thus far, and for agreeing to support me throughout my journey.
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