Bulgaria A Go; Gov't Steps In

Javon Liburd, Staff Reporter | 2 Opinions
Published: June 16, 2017 2:21 pm AST
Newly crowned Princess Jaeda DeCastro and Prince Jonathon Hutchinson
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The reigning Prince and Princess of the British Virgin Islands, Jonathan Hutchinson and Jae’da DeCastro, along with last year’s first runner-up, Ahija Barth, have been given the green light on their trip to represent the Territory at the Prince and Princess Pageant of the World, in Bulgaria, from June 20 through to the 27.

This is being made possible, thanks to the government’s intervention, after the fundraising efforts of the local sub-committee were not as lucrative as they hoped.

Chairperson of the committee, Ms. Jaynene Jno Lewis, told BVI Platinum News the trip is made possible as a result of contributions from the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Virgin Islands Festivals and Fairs Committee.

“It was difficult, so government had to step in to contribute to the trip. We really were struggling, but they made it happen.”

The contestants, along with their committee, have made several attempts to raise funds over the last months to accommodate the trip.

“We are still hoping for more contributions to be made. It has not been the best, but we are thankful for all who contributed.” Lewis told BVI Platinum News.

She added, “Starting off something new, you find that a lot of people are hesitant, because they’re not sure if it’s something worth their time. It’s an opportunity for our contestants to expand, and I believe they should always invest in young people.”

The contestants, each accompanied by a parent and Chairperson Lewis, are scheduled to leave the Territory next Tuesday, June 20, to secure their spot in the running for the international crowns.

An excited Ms. Lewis told BVI Platinum News that the opportunity is one of a lifetime for the local prince and princesses, highlighting that they are good representatives for the Territory, as they are all talented, respectful and energized.

“We are a small island with a big heart, why not let the world see it. These kids are amazing and talented. They will do well.”

The committee intends to make this venture an annual one for the winners.

“It’s the Miss Universe for the prince and princess. This is something the winners should look forward to every year. It is a very costly venture, but one for them to excel and grow individually.”

At the competition, the local ambassadors will go head to head with 60 other contestants from around the world, in a range of segments.

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