Tuesday 16th December, 2008

 

Moko jumbie welcome for Gabrielle

 
 
 
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Gabrielle Walcott

Richard Lord

A guard of honour formed by moko jumbies was among the highlights for Miss T&T Miss World Gabrielle Walcott on her arrival at Piarco International Airport last night.

She was met by Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Culture Junia Regrello who told reporters Culture Minister Marlene Mc Donald was absent because of a prior engagement. He said the Government was expecting Walcott on Wednesday.

He said the Government was proud of her success and would continue to assist. He added, however, that the private sector must play a critical role also. Miss T&T World 2007 Valene Maharaj was also at the airport.

Gabrielle was the second runner-up in the Miss World 2008, which was held in Johannesburg, South Africa, last Saturday.

Miss Russia was the winner and Miss India the first runner up.

Gabrielle, 24, also won the Beauty with a Purpose title, which was awarded for the best social and charitable project. Gabrielle is the patron of the Just Because Foundation which promotes hope and health alternatives for children living with cancer in T&T.

Gabrielle raised $100,000 in charity to establish a new children’s ward at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex.

Gabrielle, from Petit Valley, impressed the judges with her shimmering champagne and white gown, which was designed by Bobby Ackbarali.

 

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