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THE re-launched Miss Environment Zimbabwe pageant has stuck to its mandate of promoting environmental issues with the contestants set to be judged mostly on projects they undertake leading to the national finals.

The pageant, which bounces back after a two year absence, will hold its national finals in Bulawayo on October 31. It is running under the theme, “Environment Conversation through ICT”.

Green for Life Consultancy, organisers of the pageant, revealed at the official launch event held a Bulawayo lodge on Saturday night that the grading system to be used will see environmental projects undertaken by each contestant contributing 90 percent of the marks, while grooming, etiquette and the ramp contributing the remaining 10 percent.

The pageant director, Briaton Takundwa, said they want to raise awareness of environmental issues through the pageant, in the process empowering the models. We want our models to help change their communities … Briaton Takundwa

“Through this beauty contest we want to have models that at the end of the day are empowered to change their communities,” said Takundwa.

“All environmental challenges communities face can be resolved by the people within those communities hence we want to raise the awareness through this beauty pageant.”

Zimbabwe 7’s rugby national coach, Gilbert Nyamutsamba, who was the guest of honour, appealed to the business community to support such initiatives.

“I appeal to the business community to support projects by Green for Lyfe who deal with the environment. I will be coming to your offices to seek assistance in using the platform of modelling to further the environmental conservation and awareness agenda,” he said.

Twenty models drawn from all over the country have already launched their projects with most visiting various institutions in the city to raise awareness. The event was graced by members of the business community and various models from the city.

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Source : New Zimbabwe

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