On the weekend of June 25-26th, I volunteered at Variety’s Picnic at the Park, and attended the 1st Annual Sparkle Project Gala. Here’s a little synopsis on how that weekend went:
~ Saturday June 25th – Variety’s Annual Picnic at the Park ~
Variety – The Children’s Charity provides support to children with special needs. The organization hosts various events throughout the year to raise funds such as the Radiotion, Boat for Hope, and Variety’s Children Champions, and Variety Market & Auction.
I joined Miss Teenage BC, Miss Teenage South Western BC, and Miss Teenage Lower Mainland at the Face Painting table for the day, which gave me the chance to channel my inner artiste. The most popular request from the children were cupcakes, which luckily were my specialty. Other requests included ice cream cones, superman logos, butterflies, hearts, and even the Snapchat logo. No matter what the request, I did my best to turn their vision into reality. My favourite part was showing the kids the finished art and seeing their eyes light up with joy upon seeing their newly painted faces. Their big toothy smiles brightened up my day immensely.
~ Sunday June 26th – 1st Annual Sparkle Project Gala ~
This was by far one of my favourite events to attend yet. The day was filled with so much support, inspiration, and #GirlPower. The Sparkle Project BC strives to inspire girls to lead self confident, and successful lives by finding their inner sparkle.
Not only did the other delegates and I have some fun at the Photo Booth, we also had the opportunity to listen to a number of speakers such as Kristal Barrett-Stuart (Sparkle Project BC founder), Nicolle Hodges (Journalist), Adera Angelucci (Passionpreneur TV), Ashley Wiles (Sole Girls), Samantha Skelly (Hungry for Happiness), and Tara Teng (Miss World Canada 2012). Each woman shared their own individual stories about overcoming insecurities, finding confidence, and voicing opinions. All of the speakers had such powerful messages to share with us; my favourites included “When a woman wakes up, she will move mountains” and “Burn those Ships” (which means that in order to accomplish our goals, we must let go of the things that are holding us back).
The Sparkle Project Gala is an event that I would recommend to girls and women of all ages to attend, as everyone of all ages will be able to take something positive away from the experience.
I’m already looking forward to next years event!
-Miss Teenage Surrey 2016