The State House Banquet Hall in Accra last Tuesday glittered with dignitaries and other guests who descended on the venue to support Miss Ghana 2010, Stephanie Karikari and current Miss World, Ivian Sarcos from Venezuela at a charity ball to launch a project being spearheaded by Ms Karikari, the current holder of the Miss World Beauty With a Purpose crown.
The occasion, attended by two other beauties who were runners up in the last Miss World beauty pageant, was also used to launch this year’s Miss Ghana pageant.
Ms Karikari’s project is to construct a standard day care and nursery school to serve the children of petty trading mothers in the deprived Sodom and Gomorrah community in Accra.
Music maestro Kojo Antwi and singer Sherifa Gunu performed at the function where Miss World, Ivian Sarcos noted that she was happy to have visited this country and that its beauty had already convinced her to come back at another time. Ms Karikari also said she was excited to see her dream take off.
Launching the 2012 Miss Ghana pageant, the organiser Inna Mariam Patty, announced that this year’s winner would receive a wonderful packages.
The Miss World team which included Julia Morley, Executive Chairwoman of the Miss World organization, Miss Peurto Rico, Miss England and Chief Mandela, grand son of former South African leader Nelson Mandela as well as Ms Karikari, Inna Mariam Patty and Accra Mayor Alfred Oko Vanderpuye, paid a visit to the Vice President, John Mahama last Monday at the Osu Castle.
Their visit was to formally brief him on the purpose of the Miss World and her team’s visit and also to ask for his blessings for a smooth execution of the Beauty With a Purpose project.
The Vice President pointed out that the Miss Ghana pageant continued to be a significant event on the country’s entertainment calender and that it was gratifying to see it champion important social causes.
The entourage also paid a courtesy call on the Central Regional Minister, Ama Benyiwa Doe in Cape Coast and visited tourist sites including the Kakum National Park.
At Cape coast, Chief Mandela said the team was fully committed to ensuring better lives for all across the world and that the Beauty With a Purpose sought to make that a reality.