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
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
childrens ward at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences
Gabrielle, from Petit Valley, impressed the judges with
her shimmering champagne and white gown, which was designed
by Bobby Ackbarali.