In 2015, Helensvale local Gemma White placed first in the Queensland division of the Miss Galaxy Australia pageant, and fourth in Australia overall. In September of this year the national finals will be held on the Gold Coast, with the winner going on to represent Australia at the international Face of the Globe 2017 finals overseas. Gemma hopes to be that winner.
“Face of the Globe is different to a lot of pageants,” she explains.
“It really focuses on our philanthropy, fundraising and community work. Along with fashion wear, evening wear and a fitness round, there are 3 interview stages at the International pageant and no swimwear round.”
Starting out as a volunteer for Ronald McDonald House and now an ambassador for children’s mentor charity icanwill, Gemma is no stranger to raising both funds and awareness for those less fortunate. She elaborates.
“I am raising money for Face of the Globe’s affiliated charity, the Rainbow Child Foundation, a non-profit organisation that helps underprivileged children around the world by providing schools with play pumps, sanitation, farm seed banks and HIV awareness programs… I volunteered my time teaching English to disadvantaged children in Cambodia back in November last year so I have seen first-hand how charities like the Rainbow Child Foundation can make a huge impact for children around the world.”
“I have raised over $2000 for various charities over the past 2 years including Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors, Make-A-Wish Australia and icaniwill Australia,” continues Gemma.
“[icanwill is] a not for profit organisation making charity cool & fun to inspire people to mentor children at risk, especially those with special needs to end bullying and discrimination.”
With passion and her home town behind her in September, we hope that Gemma can continue her journey onto the international stage, as well as continuing to raise much needed funds for her charities.
“Pageants to me are more than just about being the prettiest girl on stage,” she states.
“It’s about making a difference. I hope to be a voice, a role model and an Ambassador to other girls, woman and younger generations.”