Dungloe woman a ‘Miss Earth’ finalist

A DUNGLOE woman is a finalist in this year’s  Miss Earth Northern Ireland Final.
Stunning Christina Williamson (24) will represent her hometown at the 2018 Richmond Centre, Miss Earth Northern Ireland Grand Final on July 28 in the Waterside Theatre in Derry.
Miss Earth is celebrating its 18th year of beauty and responsibility. After the eventual Northern Ireland eco-beauty winner is crowned she will join over 90 country’s trying for the chance to become an Ambassador for environmental protection campaigns worldwide and hopes to win and bring the Miss Earth 2018 crown home.
Miss Earth is one of the top three and most prestigious pageants alongside Miss World and Miss Universe. Usually held in the Philippines, the international competition was held in Manila, Philippines in 2016. This year’s host country is yet TBA. This year will be our 12th representative flying the flag for Northern Ireland. Each of our national finalists will have an environmental advocacy they will promote in their local communities and nationwide. 
Miss Earth Northern Ireland started in 2007 and one lucky lady will be chosen as our 11th representative to the international final of Miss Earth which celebrated its crystal edition of the pageant in 2015. Previously the Northern Ireland winner was crowned at the UK final held in England with Miss England, Scotland and Wales being crowned at the same event. 
Since 2015 it has been held separately in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland first placed at Miss Earth in 2009 with Kayleigh O’Reilly from Derry  gaining a top 16 semi-finalist placement and again in 2016 when Julieann McStravick from Belfast secured a top 16 spot. 
The NI winner will receive an impressive prize package, including a once in a lifetime trip to the world finals of one of the most prestigious beauty competitions in the world and walk away with an enviable prize list. We would like to thank our amazing sponsors; Richmond Centre, Nikita Doherty
Hair Extensions Specialist, Elite Aesthetic Treatment Clinic, Elite Tan and Beauty, Precious Moments Boutique, APM Marketing and Filmmakers, Photographics Derry, Award Winning Stylist Mark Purdy Hair Design and Equivalenza- Derry City based in Richmond Centre.
The finalists and Richmond Shopping Centre have joined forces as they share the same aims as the Miss Earth event. They will be working closely together to support charities, including ‘Beauties for A Cause UK’ which was founded by the UK Miss Earth finalists to support environmental awareness, animal protection and conservation giving the girls the collective opportunity to raise funds for projects and organisations in the UK such as The Playtrail. 
Liberty Consortium manage the Playtrail; a unique outdoor play and educational facility located within the grounds of Ardnashee School and College, on the Racecourse Road, Derry.
The facility incorporates several significant play facilities (Junior Play Park, Adventure Play Area and Sensory Garden), Woodland Fairy Walk, Outdoor Amphitheatre Space, a straw bale house (Eco Base) and the ‘Green Fingers’ community allotment scheme. The Playtrail is animated throughout the year with a range of play-based activities and programmes, with events being advertised on their active Facebook page.
Their Transition Services provide a range of OCN accredited programmes for young adults with learning disabilities. These range from social and life skills to horticulture and the arts. They also include the B.U.D Club, an inclusive youth provision providing a unique service aimed at breaking down barriers, promoting inclusion and social integration.
The young people at The Playtrail will be participating in a fashion show at the grand final event on July 28. 
International Website- (Current International Winner- Karen Ibasco from the Philippines).
The Miss Earth Pageant is an International Environmental Event channelling the beauty pageant entertainment industry as an effective tool to promote environmental awareness.
Because many people admire and aspire to be a beauty queen, Carousel Productions, Inc. believed beauty queens would be a good and effective advocate of worthy causes. To give life to this vision, Carousel Productions Inc. organised and launched in 2001 the Miss Earth Beauty Pageant, a beauty event whose raison d’etre was to have its candidates and winners actively promote and get involved in the preservation of the environment and the protection of Mother Earth.
Apart from a strong emphasis on environmental protection programs, Miss Earth also aims to highlight and promote various tourist destinations. Every year, 80 to 90 candidates from all over the world compete on beauty and knowledge of environmental issues.
The winner of Miss Earth will serve as the Ambassador to environmental protection campaigns worldwide.
Now on its 18th year, Miss Earth continues to build its reputation as the most relevant and worthwhile beauty event in the world, setting a legacy of beauty and responsibility.
The pageant is a search for the most beautiful women of the Earth to serve as a role model dedicated to upholding the advocacy to preserve and restore Mother Earth.
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Christina Williamson


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