Contestant ready for challenge

AFTER spending 11 action-packed days in the Philippines, Miss Universe New Zealand finalist Hannah Jackson is now turning her attention to the competition’s entrepreneurial challenge.
The 19-year-old University of Otago student, who is from Invercargill, is organising a quiz night to raise money for Variety — The Children’s Charity.
The quiz will be held at Eastern Suburbs Tavern, Glengarry, on Thursday, August 18, at 7pm. Entry is $20 for a team of four, with prizes donated by Southland businesses.
Half the funds raised by the finalists went to charity, she said, with the remaining money going towards contestants’ Miss Universe NZ journey.
She hoped people would get behind her campaign and aimed to raise about $2500.
‘‘It’s supporting a really deserving cause, so to get Invercargill’s support behind me, as a finalist, and behind Variety… would be absolutely incredible.’’
After the quiz, Miss Jackson said she would also like to plan a small concert for family and friends to incorporate one of her passions — classical singing.
Miss Jackson was chosen as a top 20 finalist after making it through the semi-final, stiletto camp. The Philippines resort followed, and included photo shoots, videofilming and interviews.
‘‘Our trip overseas was an incredible experience. It was the trip of a lifetime.’’
She said the finalists were treated like celebrities.
‘‘As soon as we stepped foot into the Manila airport people were mobbing us for photos and autographs.’’
Miss Jackson said she entered the competition as a challenge.
‘‘I really wanted to do something to push myself out of my comfort zone.
‘‘[Miss Universe] really stands for what I believe in, which is helping Variety… Also they stand for being confidently beautiful… They try and stay away from the pageant-type ideology and [believe] beauty comes from within, which is something that I’ve always stood for.’’
Miss Jackson will head to Auckland for finals week on August 28, ahead of the grand final on September 3.
Voting was also a vital part of the competition, she said, contributing to 50% of the outcome. That could be done online costing $5 for a bundle of five votes, with $1 going to Variety.
To vote and purchase tickets for the grand final go to Hannah Jackson’s public profile Facebook page.
The final will also be streamed live on 3NOW.

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