These young women are smart, beautiful, study, work and commit a substantial amount of their time to charity work, proving that there is always time to give to others. Bondi Beauty was invited to spend an afternoon with the finalists.
There is a genuine sense of camaraderie among the girls. Greeting each other as friends, complimenting one another, chatting while they get ready and helping each other with their outfits – in fact most girls find out about the completion through referral.
Selma Husovic interviewed the four NSW finalists and you can still vote for the winner at www.MissHumanityAustralia.com.
Meet Lauren Judd, 24, from Newcastle.
Lauren is a registered nurse with a Masters in nursing management; she works in a neonatal intensive-care unit (NICU) while completing another masters in NICU. Like many of the competing girls, Lauren is a triple threat: she works, studies and dedicates a lot of time to her cause.
“I am most passionate about raising awareness about NICU, most people don’t know about us until they need to use our services.” NICU is an intensive-care unit for premature of newborn infants, with well over a 1000 admissions a year per hospital, education and awareness is important. “Premature babies may spend up to 14 weeks with us; parents need a lot of support and guidance in that time,” Lauren says, “Raising awareness is also really important because we rely heavily on donations for equipment.”
Another cause Lauren is passionate about it ovarian cancer. “It’s important to me to raise awareness of this silent killer,” she says, “in particular about women being aware of their bodies and when to know when something isn’t right.”
To Lauren, Miss Humanity is important because, “Humanitarian causes are close to my heart. We all have a part to play in life, we all have a responsibility.” Lauren feels strongly about all of us stepping up to support something or someone in need because “everyone needs a hand at some point in life” and that could be you. “Miss Humanity is another step to raising awareness about causes and also for people to get out there and support something worthwhile.”
Through Miss Humanity Lauren hopes that more attention and media coverage will be directed towards issues like NICU and ovarian cancer. She hopes that “raising awareness in the wider Australian community and internationally will make a huge difference in terms of NICU’s perception and ovarian cancer.” In the future Lauren will continue to create awareness for NICU and ovarian cancer through various events.
Meet Tersha Rich, 22, from the central coast.
Veteran beauty queen Tersha been a national finalist for Miss Earth and Miss World and was once crowned as Miss Teen Australia. She became a national finalist for Miss Earth and is now competing for the title of Miss Humanity.
Now she is studying a double degree in education and health. She is passionate about rugby league, she works as a causal development officer for the rugby league, and teaches kids in schools about the benefits of rugby. She is also a proud cheerleader for the West Tigers.
“Through pageanting I have come across a lot of charitable aspects that I’ve fallen in love with,” she says. “What I love about Miss Humanity is that is celebrates that women out there are working hard for charity,” she says.
As Miss Humanity Tersha is intrigued by the opportunity to represent Australia, meet new people and explore new goals – in particular through representing and supporting her chosen charity, Heal For Life.
The Heal For Life Foundation focuses on empowering people who are struggling with depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, mental illness and adverse coping strategies, as a result of childhood trauma and child abuse.
The foundation provides teenagers and young adults with a safe place where you are encouraged to “get in touch with, and heal, your inner self – the part of you that is carrying the impact of the trauma you suffered from.” The main focus of the program is to start people on their journey to healing by providing them with the tools to overcome traumatic events from childhood.
Tersha hopes to use the skills she has learnt through competing in pageants, her degree to explore her passion for charity and rugby league.
Meet Michelle Paul, 20, from Woodcroft.
Since finishing her studies in media and communications in 2013, Michelle has divided her time between working as a guest service agent and volunteering her time to charity. The title of Miss Humanity is important to Michelle because it allows her to take her charity work to the next level. “Miss Humanity is not just about being a pretty face; you get the opportunity to go into the community and help people out,” she says.
One of the many organisations she dedicates her time to is InnerCity Mission for Children, an organisation with the mantra “every child is your child”. They are a non-governmental organisation that delivers a “sustainable solution to the problem of urban and rural child poverty in the communities.” Here their partners use a faith-based approach to give children hope and a future through various programs.
She also volunteers her time to Healing school, a healing ministry of Rev. Chris Oyakhiome, which “takes healing to the nations one person at a time”, and SkidRow community radio 88.9 FM,where she empowers youth on humanitarian issues.
Michelle is particularly passionate about reaching out to less fortunate countries, “I’m from Zimbabwe, being in Australia we are so fortunate. Even though I am in Australia I am still able to reach out to them. It’s an honour to be able to help out other countries, I am truly grateful.”
Michelle is focusing her career to empower women and educate people on humanitarian issues. Her dream is to have her own talk show, which the title of Miss Humanity will be an important stepping stone for.
Meet Brittany Bloomer, 20, Sydney.
Brittany is an inspiring young woman with an admirable resume of charity work. Her good looks and degree in journalism have led her to work overseas and success in Australia working with various charities. One charity that is close to her heart is the Sydney Children’s Hospital where she has volunteered her time over the years with promotions such as the telethon.
To Brittany, Miss Humanity is, “An amazing platform to speak out about what I believe in. I don’t just do charity work when I’m in pageants. Charity work isn’t a phase for me, it’s my lifestyle, it’s what I do.” This is evident on her website, www.brittanybloomer.com, where you can see all the work she has put into promoting various charities to raise awareness and get people involved.
For her, the website is about, “Speaking out about what I believe in. It’s just so important to have voice and we should encourage girls to be more than a pretty face on display, we need them to know the power within themselves to speak out and know that their voice can do a lot.” This is what attracted her to the Miss Humanity pageant where she has enjoyed meeting other people who are as passionate about charity work as she is.
Brittany has combined her biggest passions: animals and charity, to create a not for profit organisation called Pound Paws which rehomes cats and dogs from all around Australia.
To win Miss Humanity she hopes to show continued support for the Sydney Children’s Hospital, raise awareness of ovarian cancer in Australia and Pound Paws. She hopes that the charity’s she works with will be “Honoured that there’s someone out there working their butt off for them to raise awareness.”
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