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The Miss World contestants on stage

The Miss World 2009 contestants marked the start of this year's finals with the Miss World Charity Dinner, in aid of the Variety International Children’s Fund. Guests were invited to The Grosvenor House Hotel in London for a fantastic evening of world class entertainment to see this year’s Miss World contestants introduced on stage for the first time.

Invited guests were amazed by the spectacular display of auction gifts brought in by this year’s Miss World finalists as they arrived. Before dinner was served the Miss World contestants were presented on stage in their groups before joining guests at their tables for dinner.  As guests dined giant screens showcased what a spectacular Miss World final destination Johannesburg will be. The Wycombe Orpheus choir entertained guests as they ate their first course before Lindiwe Mahlangu CEO of Johannesburg Tourism Company, gave a speech expressing Johannesburg’s excitement at staging this year’s Miss World and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Miss World Ksenia Sukhinova
The Miss World contestants on stage
Usain Bolt signs trainers for Jamaica's Kerrie Baylis

The Charity Auction was the highlight of the night with gifts from competing countries going under the hammer. This year’s gifts were the best we have ever seen with a luxury holiday from Bahamas and a surfboard from the USA proving popular with the guests. The surfboard raised a massive $13,000 and was signed by Californian surfer Laird Hamilton.

Other incredible prizes included a rare necklace from New Zealand and running shoes from Jamaica signed by Olympic medallist and world-record breaker Usain Bolt which added an incredible $10,000 to the monies raised for Variety International Children’s Fund. The cast of Grease the musical closed the evening with a selection of songs from the one of the most popular shows currently gracing the West End stage. All contestants had a memorable evening and helped to raise an amazing total of $450,000 for the Variety International Children’s fund.

The fund was set up to support medical, nutritional and educational programs worldwide, starting with Haiti.

Special Features

Each week, BWP will present a new in-depth report on one of the many charity projects worldwide that has benefitted from the work of Julia Morley and the support of Beauty with a Purpose. Keep watching this space for more details on these special features.

  

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Julia Morley

Julia Morley MESSAGE FROM JULIA MORLEY

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