Miss Earth finalist gets behind the wheel to support the
international wildlife charity
Sussex Beauty Queen, Louise Maggs, swapped her ball gown for a car boot over the bank holiday weekend, when she spent the morning at Rusper Car Boot Sale, and raised over £160 for Horsham-based international wildlife charity, The Born Free Foundation.
Louise, 25, who lives in West Chiltington, will represent West Sussex at the 2014 Miss Earth finals, which will be held in Birmingham on 21st September. Now in its fourteenth, year, the contest is unique in the pageant world, as entrants need to be actively involved in promoting environmental awareness as part of the entry criteria.
Louise explains: “Miss Earth supports environmental awareness, animal protection and conservation issues, and being selected as one of the finalists gives us a collective opportunity to raise funds for projects and organisations based in the UK as part of the Beauty For A Cause award. The award is presented to the finalist who has made the most significant social contribution.”
Along with mum, Beverley Maggs, Louise braved an early start and set-up an impressive stall, having collected donated items from family, friends and the foundation itself, in the run-up to the big day.
She said: “I chose to support the Born Free Foundation because I have a real passion for animals! I studied for a Bsc(hons) in Animal Management at Writtle College, which is part of the University of Essex, and have my own local dog walking and pet care business locally. I was keen to support an animal welfare charity which is a local to West Sussex and Born Free is exactly that. I was amazed when I visited their head offices in Horsham, by the extent of the projects which they are involved in to protect some of the most vulnerable animals and communities all around the world.”
Joanne Bartholomew, Born Free’s Events and Fundraising Co-ordinator said: “We’re extremely grateful to Louise and her mum for their brilliant fundraising efforts over the bank holiday weekend and they were so lucky with the weather! Money raised at events like this is really vital to continue our compassionate conservation work and we are fortunate to have some very dedicated and passionate supporters at the Born Free Foundation.”
Find out more about fundraising opportunities and forthcoming events to raise money for the Born Free Foundation at: www.bornfree.org.uk