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Here I am with two of the most inspirational people I have ever met, Captains Robbin and Paul Moulds of the Oasis Youth Support Network
With the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
At the Mother's Day Classic
With Jack, a student at the Acacia Hill School. Even though he couldn't speak, Jack's personality lit up the room, and people were drawn to him.
Playing with children at the Alice Springs Hospital playground
Here I am in Alice Springs with little Magnolia

2009 - Sophie Lavers

Summary of Campaign:

Throughout my Miss World Campaign, I have fundraised for:
•    The Oasis Youth Support Network
•    The Victorian Bushfire Appeal
•    The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal

Each week I have volunteered at Oasis, helping by:
•    Cooking lunch in the Street Level Café
•    Serving tea and coffee on the Oasis Outreach van
•    Simply being part of the Friday night Street Level Community Gathering

The focus of my Beauty with a Purpose work has been the Salvation Army’s Oasis Youth Support Network. I have also worked with other charities, including:
•    Camp Quality
•    Variety the Children’s Charity
•    The National Breast Cancer Foundation
•    MS Australia
•    Life Changing Experiences Foundation
•    Life Education Australia

In February, during the horror of the Victorian Bushfires, the whole country came together to provide support to affected communities. As a Salvation Army Ambassador, I was invited to hold a fundraiser at the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Fan Day.

Two days later, I flew to Melbourne to help in Whittlesea at a service centre. I spent time working in a huge warehouse, organising the truck-loads of donated clothes, shoes, toys and bedding.

While I was there, I visited the Salvo’s ‘Project 614’, Melbourne’s counterpart to Sydney’s ‘Street Level’ service. These services provide food, Internet access, shelter and company for those in need.

In May, I was a guest at the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal Launch. I had the honour of meeting the chairwoman of the appeal, Lucy Turnbull and her husband, Malcolm Turnbull, Leader of the Opposition. I was also delighted to be introduced to the Honourable Governor General, Quentin Brice, who was lovely.

On the 10th May, I ran in the Mothers’ Day Classic with fellow Miss World Australia girls, Elle, Kim and Sonia. This was special for me, as my mum (number 9413), who has been treated for breast cancer, travelled from Canberra and enjoyed the event as well. Running in the rain through the Botanical Gardens with thousands of people in good spirits is something I will never forget.

I was also invited to give a speech at a meeting of the Kings Cross Partnership; a community group run by business owners in the area. In my speech, I explained the importance of the Beauty with a Purpose component of Miss World and of my efforts to help those suffering in our streets. The Partnership then introduced me to the Kings Cross Rotary Club. I gave a speech to it members, who were very welcoming and supportive of my work. They are helping me to organise a fundraising event at the Rose Bay Hotel for my much-loved charity, Oasis.

On June 6th, the Winter Oasis, a show and sleep-out, was held to raise awareness for youth homelessness. It launched ’32,000 to Go’, a campaign to save the 32,000 homeless youth in Australia, of which I am an ambassador. Deni Hines gave an upbeat performance to open the evening, which was hosted by James Mathison from Australian Idol. Towards the end of the show I sang ‘Perhaps Love’ by John Denver, a song which means a lot to me as I sang it at my dad’s funeral. I spent most of the evening chatting with several of the homeless I had met through the Oasis Youth Support Network.

After being crowned Miss World Australia...

Life is a wonderful whirlwind; attending charity events, visiting the Randwick Children’s Hospital, volunteering at the homeless cafe, and preparing for my Miss World trip.
One of my favourite experiences was my trip to Alice Springs. I was there as part of the “Variety the Children’s Charity” Car Bash.

It was the 25th Anniversary of the Bash, and thousands of people from all over Australia were there to raise money for sick children.

While there, I visited the Acacia Hill School, which cares for special needs children.

On my final day in “Alice”, I visited the children’s ward of the Alice Springs Hospital.

After being shown around the ward I spent my time with the kids; playing on the playground, riding on the back of a tricycle and handing out gifts. I had a great time!

My “Beauty with a Purpose” experience has been invaluable. It has taught me to leave judgement behind and replace it with understanding.
I am privileged to have met so many kind and inspirational people; and with them, I know there is hope for the future.

Special Features

Each week, BWP will present a new in-depth report on one of the many charity projects worldwide that has benefitted from the work of Julia Morley and the support of Beauty with a Purpose. Keep watching this space for more details on these special features.

Julia Morley



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