Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer
Thirty-two Contestants from across the globe have touched down in Montego Bay for the Miss Global International Competition, this Saturday, September 28, at the Sunset Beach Resort and Spa.
The gift-bearing beauties, from as far as Syria, Singapore, Sri Lanka, India, the Philippines, Madeira, Namibia and Lithuania, will compete against women as close to Jamaica as Guadeloupe, Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, USA, Canada, The Bahamas, and Puerto Rico.
Each beauty brought an authentic gift, representative of their country, to be auctioned at a cocktail reception at the resort on Tuesday.
At the end of the evening, items including a fabulous wooded sculpture of Maroon Haitian leader Mackandal; glass coloured artistry from Puerto Rico; a 'La Bella Creole painting by artist Therry Alet and a book about his paintings named War; an English teapot and teacup in one, Sri Lankan wooden coasters and a set of centerpiece tray and plate made out of blown glass, were on show, raising close to a half a million dollars for the Friends For Education (FFE) charity.
Since it started in 2012, FFE has provided students with books and uniforms and paid CXC, CSEC and CAPE fees for students at schools such as Cornwall College, Mt Alvernia High, Harrison Memorial, Barracks Road, and Flankers and Howard Cooke primary schools.
On Saturday night, one winner will emerge from the competition, taking home US$5,000 (J$500,000) in cash, courtesy of the Commonwealth Group of Canada, the Miss Global International trophy, and a host of other prizes.