Reigning Miss Guyana United Kingdom (UK) Lauren Hosannah on Tuesday visited the community of Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).
During the visit she met with some of the town’s representatives and visited a few learning institutions and community sites. Hosannah, who was born to a Guyanese father and Pakistani mother, is on her first visit to Guyana, which will wrap up on June 27. Presently a student of the University of Birmingham pursuing a Masters Undergraduate Course in Psychology, the reigning queen as part of her visit met with Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland. She also visited the Mackenzie High School where she delivered a motivational speech and the Linden Special Needs School where she made a monetary donation.
Hosannah, who was also treated to the beautiful sceneries at Richmond Hill Linden said Holland’s team had been very welcoming in facilitating her visit. Hosannah, who has been actively involved in the sponsoring numerous charities in Guyana has also donated to the Girl’s Brigade and Youth Centre at Victoria in addition to making monetary contribution towards the town. She is also slated to visit Joshua House and a mental health hospital in Georgetown during the course of her visit. She has also pledged to donate educational resources to some schools in the Linden community.
“It’s really important for me to make a difference in Guyana… even if it’s a small difference I’ve made quite a big difference in London but now it’s nice to actually go back to my home-town. I was saying to the Mayor, there was a need in the schools for computers and for some more technology and one of my secondary schools back home is sponsoring some of this trip and some educational resources. As a university student, I know how important education is,” Hosannah noted.
She related that she was pleased about her visit, noting that she learned a lot about the Guyanese culture. Hosannah also stressed the importance for girls like her, who are of Guyanese ancestry not to forget their roots and to take the opportunity to learn about their culture as she expressed her interest in continuing to represent Guyana at the Miss World or Miss Universe pageants.
Mayor Holland said he was pleased to host the beauty queen, as he described her as a very wonderful, charming and intelligent individual who is not only talking the talk but walking the walk. Holland pointed out that Hosannah took the time to encourage students to take their education seriously, which shows that pageantry is more than just modelling on a stage.