Junior Miss contestants donate big for Shriners

Twelve young ladies from across the province have raised over $14,000 for the Mazol Shriners Newfoundland and Labrador Transportation Fund.

Each September, girls aged 10-13 come together for The Junior Miss Newfoundland and Labrador Pageant, an event which organizers say is a time of confidence building, seminars, fun, and sisterhood. The weekend pageant ends with the gala show, in which one girl is crowned Junior Miss Newfoundland and Labrador.

In the month leading up to the pageant, contestants raise funds for the Mazol Shriners. This year, the young ladies raised $14,165.55 for the Transportation Fund, the biggest donation to date.

Laurence Pike, a member of the Trinity Conception Shrine Club, said that over the last three years the girls have raised $30,000 for the fund, which is used to help transport patients and a parent to the Shriner’s hospital in Montreal.

“The members of Mazol Shriners are very grateful for the support these kids have made toward helping our kids,” said Pike.

Each year, the Junior Miss Newfoundland and Labrador Pageant presents a Junior Leadership Award to the young lady who raises the most money. This year’s award winner was Jayla Harris of Springdale, who raised $4,101.

Reigning Junior Miss NL, Delilah Sullivan of Coley’s Point, presented the cheque to the Shriners on Friday, November 19 during the annual dinner and installation of new officers in Carbonear.

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