Beauty queens go green

Source: Khmer Times

Contestants attend the ministry briefing. Supplied

Beauty pageant contestants from 65 countries around the world will be in Tbong Khmum province’s O’Raing Ov district today to plant trees and share environmental information with students and farmers.

The contestants from Miss Global 2016 and Miss Global 2017 will join Environment Ministry undersecretary of state Eang Sophalleth for the event, which is hoped to reach up to 10,000 people in the district.

“We will be working together to promote environmental awareness and reduce pollution,” Mr Sophalleth said.

The Ecuadorian winner of Miss Global 2016, 25-year-old Angela Bonilla, said she and her fellow beauty pageant contestants want to help protect the environment around the word, adding that Cambodia’s natural resources are rich and beautiful.   

“We see that Cambodia is a beautiful place, so we want to make the country become the best place to live as possible. That is why we want to promote the environment,” she said.

Tea Niak, a Cambodian-American organiser of Miss Global 2017, which will be held in the country later this month, said pageant contestants have taken part in many activities to protect the environment, including collecting trash from beaches in Siem Reap and in Phnom Penh.

She said these activities would help encourage the general public to participate in environmental protection. Mr Sophalleth said this is the third time that Miss Global participants have come to carry out social and environmental missions in Cambodia.

The first mission took place in 2015 in Siem Reap and focussed on rabies vaccines.

The second mission in 2016 involved collecting garbage in Siem Reap province.

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