Mutambu set for Miss World finals

HARARE - Miss Zimbabwe Annie-Grace Mutambu, 19, will be leaving for China on November 20 for the Miss World pageant scheduled for December 19.

She told the Daily News that as part of her Beauty with a Purpose project for Miss World, she has managed to work with the Albino Charity Organisation.

Beauty with a Purpose is a category at the Miss World contest and it was created in 1972 by Julia Morley, chairperson of Miss World.

It is a charity initiative in which all the world contestants take part in their respective countries in order to raise money in support of sick and disadvantaged children.

“My project is on helping people living with albinism, looking at their daily plights and challenges. I managed to secure funding from Zimplats of $8 000, of which $3 300 went towards 15 children’s Optometrist visits. They all managed to get spectacles. People living with albinism are greatly affected by eyesight problems.

“I also went to Chitungwiza visiting some other people living with albinism and donated sunscreen lotions, disinfectants and lip balms. It was not much but I feel my contributions had a positive impact on their lives.”

She has also been making preparations with keeping in shape by going to the gym, grooming lessons and other engagements.

The beauty said her project made her realise that there are conditions that are overlooked but are critical.

“It made me realise that apart from people living with HIV, cancer or other ailments, people living  with albinism also need care and attention. Their condition needs so much attention and people overlook this,” she said.

Founder of the Albino Charity Organisation, Loveness Mainato confirmed the donations.

“Miss Zimbabwe has been here and helped us. For us sunscreen is as important as ARVs are for people living with HIV, we cannot live without it. We are grateful for the help that she gave us and we would also like to appeal to other corporates to spare a thought for us,” she said.

Albinism is a genetic condition that affects 1 in 17 000 people in the world. In Zimbabwe, it is estimated that there are about 14 000 to 17 000 albinos in residence.

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