Glengormley schoolgirl to compete in Diamond International pageant
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Jersi-Rae Evans (10) will be competing in the Junior Miss category at the event at the Edge in Wigan between August 17 and August 19.
If she is successful, Jersi-Rae will have the opportunity to represent Northern Ireland in Las Vegas.
Detailing what she will have to do during this month’s pageant, her mum Leanne said: “On the first day Jersi-Rae will attend an interview, talk about how she has fundraised so far for Samaritans and why she chose Diamond Pageant.
“On the second day she will walk the catwalk in fashion wear in front of an International judging panel. On the final day she will take her last walk in her evening wear."
As part of her preparations for Diamond International, Jersi-Rae has been conducting fundraising initiatives for the Samaritans, a cause close to her heart.
Leanne explained: “She chose Samaritans as she's been an advocate for suicide awareness and mental health via her pageantry platform in memory of her late father she sadly lost.
"He’s her main reason for becoming a pageant princess and raising money for organisations that support mental health and suicide prevention.”
If Jersi-Rae wins in Wigan, she will be able to compete in Las Vegas. Leanne stated: “It’s her dream to make it to America, representing her home town and step on the same stage as some of the best role models and pageant girls pageantry has to offer.
"She’d be very excited to be given this opportunity after her six or seven years of pageantry life. Most of all, competing in Las Vegas would be a chance for her to make new friends form all over the world.”
Wishing her daughter well, Leanne added: “I’m so proud that my child, from a very young age, has stepped into a world of mental health crisis and helped others.
"Jersi-Rae knows it’s not about winning the sparkling crown, but what helping others means on a daily basis. I'm so proud my child spends almost all of her free time volunteering, organising events and even giving up her summer to work in her own little pop up charity shop. I’m her biggest supporter and will continue supporting her to be in the pageant world.”