Langley resident Tara Teng is travelling to the other side of the world, bringing with her a message of ending modern day slavery.
The Miss World Canada 2012 leaves Saturday for Ordos, China and the 62nd Miss World competition.
Teng will be in China from July 18 to Aug. 18, delivering her humanitarian message, and hopefully for her, bringing the crown back to Canada for the first time in history.
Attracting more than two billion viewers, the Miss World Pageant is the oldest and most watched pageant in the world.
Miss World has changed the lives of many children by raising more than $500 million dollars globally.
The pageant's mandate is "beauty with a purpose," stressing the equal importance of inner and outer beauty.
"I am honoured to represent Canada on the global stage at Miss World and truly hope my success is marked by my stand for the value and freedom of every human life," Teng said.
Teng expressed gratitude for her friends, family, and others who have encouraged and supported her.
"Her determination and passion to continue making positive changes in the lives of people worldwide is inspiring," said Miss World Canada chairman, Ike Lalji, adding that this is the first time in the the pageant that such a monumental contribution has been made by a titleholder.
"We stand behind her and know that she is a great representative not only for Canada, but for the world," Lalji said.
To support Teng in her effort, visit www.facebook.com/ MissWorldCanada, like the page, and share.
Likes on the page count towards Teng's score, and you can also follow her progress.
"I am proud to repesent my beautiful country of Canada to the world," Teng said. "Either way, it's time to make history."
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