And yesterday’s fitness regime at the Tupapa Centre paid off more than she expected, not just in hard-earned sweat, but in the form of a generous donation presented to Smith by Tupapa Panthers coach, Darren Piri.
Recently back from Italy representing the Cook Islands at the Man and Biosphere youth forum in Po Delta, Smith is now gearing up for her next, even bigger, challenge.
In a matter of weeks, she’ll be flying off to the tropical city of Sanya, Hainan Island, China, to represent Cook Islands at the Miss World 2017 pageant in November.
And the $2,748.60 raised from last Saturday’s housie at the Tupapa Centre will go a long way towards her campaign says Smith.
She will be away for around a month in preparation for the global event, and is now fundraising for her travel expenses.
It’s all the little things that add up, even when you’re Miss Cook Islands.
“Everything has been last minute, and having the Tupapa housie committee jump on board is a massive help.”
“The money will go towards outfits to wear in China, makeup and laundry, and all those little bits and bobs whilst I’m there,” says a very grateful Smith.