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Hours in the gym richly rewarded

Tuesday October 03, 2017 Written by Published in Local
Fresh from an afternoon’s workout at the Tupapa Centre yesterday, Miss Cook Islands, Alanna Smith is presented with a sizeable cheque from Tupapa Panthers coach, Darren Piri, on behalf of the Tupapa Housie committee. A donation that will “go a long way” towards her Miss World 2017 campaign. 17100217 Fresh from an afternoon’s workout at the Tupapa Centre yesterday, Miss Cook Islands, Alanna Smith is presented with a sizeable cheque from Tupapa Panthers coach, Darren Piri, on behalf of the Tupapa Housie committee. A donation that will “go a long way” towards her Miss World 2017 campaign. 17100217

The hours spent in the gym for Miss Cook Islands, Alanna Smith, go hand-in-hand with her fundraising efforts.

 

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.