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Miss World contestant from Comox says heart has doubled
Grace Howard of Comox has been selected one of 40 finalists for Miss World Canada.
The pageant is part of the Miss World movement that partners with various charities, including Variety — the Children's Charity, which raises funds for children with special needs. To date, contestants have raised more than $500 million.
Grace, 20, has so far raised $510, but her goal is to reach $7,000 by her birthday April 7.
While excited by the possibilities presented by Miss World Canada, she does not consider winning as the be all, end all.
"I connect with this on a personal level," said Grace, a Blackfin Pub hostess who works with special-needs youth and teens.
A couple years back, Grace's nephew passed away from a rare genetic disorder called Pfeiffer Syndrome. He was just seven months.
Through support for her sister's family from Canuck Place Children's Hospice, Grace has gained an appreciation for organizations that support families in need.
The pageant is May 11 in Vancouver. Grace says the experience of preparing for the competition is broadening her view of the world and opening her heart.
"My heart for my community has doubled in size, and I am more excited than ever to include local businesses and people in what I am doing. I have come to see that it is definitely possible for anyone to step out and have a voice in his or her community."
Winners at Miss World Canada receive entry to the Miss World pageant and various scholarships, prizes and leadership opportunities.
To help Grace's fundraising efforts, visit www.gifttool.com/athon/MyFundraisingPage?ID=1277&AID=2251&PID=404586.
Those interested in sponsoring can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.