Local ‘beauty with a purpose’ fundraising for Make A Wish Foundation

February 22, 2016

A young St. Paul’s student has embarked on a series of fundraising initiatives in aid of the Make a Wish Foundation as part of her participation in the Ultimate Beauty of the World competition.  Fifteen year old Grainne Dowdall has secured a place in this year’s grand final of one of the UK’s most respected and glamourous beauty pageants.

The international competition is billed as a pageant with a difference, encouraging its entrants to embrace the motto of “beauty with a purpose” via a series of charitable initiatives aimed at raising as much as possible for the renowned Make A Wish Foundation, which helps to grant magical wishes to enrich the lives of children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions.

Grainne secured her place in the pageant after being contacted by the event’s Director, Taylor-Rae Hamilton, who had spotted the teenage beauty in last year’s Teen Maiden of the Mournes event.

Grainne is especially thrilled to have been chosen as a finalist in the Ultimate Beauty of the World pageant as she is a firm supporter of the ethos behind the competition and the charity it endorses.  Speaking to The Examiner about her participation, Grainne said,

“This is a beauty pageant with a difference as it doesn’t stereotype or discriminate and welcomes all shapes and sizes.  Yes, it’s about glitz and glamour but it’s message is about celebrating both the inner and outer beauty of women of all ages. I love that it encourages us to fundraise for such an important cause as it really does become about what you can do for the Make a Wish Foundation.”

The Bessbrook girl is pushing full steam ahead with her fundraising efforts for such a worthy cause, managing to juggle her charitable endeavours with studying for her upcoming GCSE exams this summer.

So far she has set up a justgiving page for donations and has also come up with a novel fundraising idea in the form of a Little Miss & Mr Photogenic 2016 competition. Entrants are invited to send in two pictures of their little Miss or Mr Photogenic which will be sent off to a panel of independent judges.  Four winners will be announced comprising of 2 boys aged 0-1 years and  2-4 years and 2 girls aged 0-1 years and 2-4 years.  Cost of entry is just £5 and the winners will receive a sash adorned with their new title and a crown or tiara.  To enter visit Grainne’s Facebook page.

The enterprising teenager has also organised an 18 + night in the Belmont in Banbridge.  Admission is £10 with all proceeds going to the Make a Wish Foundation.

Grainne’s sponsor, Joanne Hair Design, will also host a cake sale at Glamourous Hair Boutique in Newry this Saturday as part of the St. Paul’s student’s fundraising ventures.

With more charitable initiatives in the pipeline, Grainne is looking forward to next month’s Grand Final which takes place on 27th March in the Culloden Estate and Spa Hotel in Holywood.  She will join 40 finalists across three age categories who, via a series of private and on-stage interviews, will vie for the title of Ultimate Beauty of the World 2016 and the dream prize of holiday to Disneyland Paris.

Grainne hopes all her friends and family and the wider community will continue to support her upcoming fundraising events and her efforts to be crowned Ultimate Beauty.