Finalists in the Miss Tourism Zambia national pageant, slated for August 26 at Chrismar Hotel in Livingstone, are now stepping into high gear with various community initiatives being undertaken in addition to the grooming and training sessions.
Anne-Morie Vincent, representing the Southern Province, is working with the visually impaired children at St. Mulumba School in Choma.
“I have being teaching the visually impaired children art. I decided to volunteer my services at St. Mulumba to teach the visually impaired children because I have seen how society treats them and I feel that more should be done to help them because discrimination has always been a large challenge for the visually impaired people to overcome,” she says.
Other finalists are also doing various community activities as the countdown to the national pageant nears.
The Miss Tourism Zambia pageant started with the selection of provincial finalists in all the 10 provinces of the country as the organisers sought to make the pageant a truly national pageant.
The pageant will coincide with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly in Livingstone and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
The selection process ended about a fortnight ago with the selection of the representatives for Lusaka province.
During the selection process, held at Joy Gardens in Matero, 19-year-old Kalwa Musonda, a student at Mulungushi University, emerged overall winner.
Wendy Katenta was the first runner up, Ruth Mukanga, second runner up, Pezo Lufunda, third runner up and Noriah Lungu, fourth runner up. All of them are expected to represent Lusaka Province at the national pageant where the winner will represent Zambia at the 53rd Miss International 2013 in Japan.
Other finalists are Naomi Chizyuka, 20 (Livingstone), Hannah Lubinda Musa, 25 (Livingstone), Olipa Mwanza, 22 (Livingstone), Wendy Munyanga, 20 (Livingstone), Stephanie Mulamata, 18 (Livingstone) and Ann-Morie Vincent, 24 (Choma), all Southern province.
Northern Province is being represented by Molly Chipoya, Central, Miyanda Kadolo, Copperbelt, Patience Makina and Michelo Malambo, Western, Njengo Samende, Luapula, Bertha Chileshe, 18, Muchinga, Emma Mwaba and Eastern, Nancy Banda.
The Miss Tourism Zambia 2013 pageant is being held under the theme is “Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future” which is in line with the UNWTO theme for this year’s World Tourism Day which falls on September 27 and also in support of the UN International Year of Water co-operation. The Miss Tourism Zambia 2013 winners will work on water related community projects with various stakeholders.