Turriff woman vies for national crown with local campaign
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A Turriff woman is hoping that her passion for supporting local can help her to clinch a national title.
In January Kirsty Brown (30) will take to the stage to compete in the Miss Voluptuous UK pageant with hopes of bringing one of the competition's five titles – and an opportunity to represent the UK stateside – back to the north-east.
The competition comprises of four categories – fashion wear, eco-wear, evening wear and interview – however preparation is key with the interview focusing on finalists' community and charity efforts in the run up to the big day.
Explaining, Kirsty said: "Empowerment is at the heart of Miss Voluptuous, and one of the ways that the system aims to empower finalists is through encouraging them to find ways to impact causes which they care about.
"When choosing my platform (personal project) I knew that I wanted to focus my efforts on the importance of supporting local.
"I'm so lucky to live somewhere with such fantastic community spirit and I hope to share some of this magic with people across the country over the next couple of months.
"I also wanted to use this opportunity I've been given to raise some money for groups that I've seen impact communities, so in addition to supporting the pageant's chosen charity (Royal Voluntary Service) I have started raising money for Fyvie Guide House and Scottish Men's Shed Association.
"It's an honour to have the opportunity to represent the north-east on a national stage, and after the past year it's quite exciting to have a new challenge to get stuck into even if it is many miles outside of my comfort zone."
Since securing her place in the finals Kirsty – Turriff Young Citizen Of The Year 2009/10 – has worked on a number of projects including collecting Easter sweets for the foodbank, collecting books to support children in Africa and writing to terminally ill children.
She is currently working on plans for a Hallowe'en event and a community fair.