Thursday, August 24, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
When local model Jenna K took on the role of Mrs Charity Oceania 2023, she vowed to use her platform to raise money and awareness for causes close to her heart and help women of all ages with their confidence, mindset and self-love.
One aspect of this mission was the Beeyoutiful Charity Pageant, an event held on Saturday, July 22 offering the people of Mackay the opportunity to improve their confidence while raising funds for BreastScreen Queensland.
Entrants were invited to a confidence and mindset masterclass throughout the morning, before returning that evening to show off what they’d learnt.
17 participants aged between seven and their late 60s entered across four categories: Little Miss Beeyoutiful, Junior Miss Beeyoutiful, Ms Beeyoutiful and Classic Beeyoutiful.
“I was mindful that the people who were entering might not have done anything like that before, so I wanted to provide each entrant the best chance possible to show their confidence onstage later that evening,” Jenna said.
“When they came back in the evening, I noticed a very high level of confidence they had gained and even a week after, I had parents contacting me saying they see a difference in their daughter and the event really helped with their confidence and self-esteem.”
Entrants walked the runway in pink wear, fun fashion wear and evening wear and were judged on a variety of criteria before winners were named across categories and other prizes were awarded.
Little Miss Beeyoutiful went to Madison Kennedy, Wren Forbes was named Junior Miss Beeyoutiful, Ms Beeyoutiful went to Crystal Sweeney while Judy Cook was crowned Classic Beeyoutiful.
The event raised $2,038.95 for BreastScreen QLD Mackay through the Mackay Hospital Foundation.
“It was an amazing event and it definitely helped to have the event with my current title to show that I’m not just someone who wears a crown and sash but I’m actually someone who wants to make a difference in her community and to other people’s lives,” Jenna said.
“I’m really excited to do it next year because I can see the impact it’s made on young women’s lives.”
Jenna will continue her campaign of kindness before she represents Oceania at Charity Pageant Intercontinental in Perth next year.
Back row L-R Wren Forbes, Judy Cook, Jenna K and Crystal Sweeney, front row Madison Kennedy
17 women aged between seven and their late 60s participated in the pageant
Photo credit: Marty Strecker Photography