Reigning Miss Tourism Bulawayo and Miss Talent Zimbabwe, Nadia Gori, held a successful Charity Ball in Bulawayo recently where she managed to raise funds and building material to construct a classroom block.
The classroom block will see three classrooms being constructed at Thomas Rudland Primary School, the model’s former primary school. The catwalker managed to get 117 bags of cement, bricks, doors, stationery and hampers from Datlabs, among other donations.
Other organisations have welcomed the beauty’s noble cause and their donations are trickling in at the Bulawayo Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) offices.
The event, which was held at 26 Park Street in Bulawayo, was well attended by various stakeholders from different industries including Bulawayo Metropolitan governor, Cain Mathema, Miss Universe and Miss Expressive International, Lisa Morgan, Astra Paints, Occasions, PG Timbers and ZTA officials, among others.
The model said she was motivated to build a classroom at the school after seeing the continuous deterioration of the school’s infrastructure.
“What used to be a safe child’s institution for learning has become a death trap due to termite invasion and old age. Constructing a block at my former school will also be my way of giving back to the community,” said the beauty queen.
She added that since the school building stands on steel supports, some of the structural timber frames were being destroyed by termites and the possibility of the buildings collapsing was almost inevitable.
Gori said construction would start when she gets all the building material required.
“Techno Expert Construction sponsored labour for demolition so all that I am waiting for is all the material required to reconstruct the block. The block should be ready though by February 2012,” said the beauty queen.
Meanwhile, Gori will leave the country for Malaysia on December 9 for the Miss Tourism International pageant boot camp. She will represent Zimbabwe at the event which will be held at the Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on New Year’s Eve.
She will compete with 55 other beauties drawn from different parts of the world and it will be her first international pageant.
Gori said preparations for the pageant were at an advanced stage as she was putting final touches to her wardrobe.
“I am looking forward to representing Zimbabwe at the Miss Tourism pageant. I am lucky to have been chosen to go to an international pageant and I will not disappoint as I will give it my best shot,” she said.
The model will return home in January next year.