Miss Teen Jamaica fights on despite budget gap

July 22, 2016
Contributed Photo Miss Teen Jamaica Jamelia Brown, Miss Grab N Go
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Organisers of this year's edition of Miss Teen Jamaica are adamant that the 35th staging of the competition will be a stellar one despite a lack of funds.

Peta-Gaye Foster, the chief organiser of the pagent, said a further $850,000 is needed to execute the event and is hoping that ticket sales and sponsors will help to reduce this deficit.

"The overall cost is $3 million but there's a remaining balance of $850,000" Foster told THE WEEKEND STAR.

She said that the bulk of the funds now being sought is for lighting, music, stage settings, and contestants' accommodation.

Foster said that only 187 of the 400 available tickets have been sold to date. This has led her to stretch her purse strings even further to finance the event.

"I manage to stay afloat because I have a full time job. So most of it is out of money," Foster said.

The Miss Teen Jamaica competition seeks to provide young ladies with a vehicle for economic mobility and social flexibility by being engaged in the pagent.

This year's coronation will be on Saturday, July 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the Courtleigh Auditorium.

The Miss Teen Jamaica is in its 35th year and we are continuing on the leagacy of the competition at Courtleigh Auditorium on Sunday, 24th April, 2016 at 7.p.m.

Foster's mother, Janet Sinclair, who founded the event, died 10 months ago. The daughter is determined to honour her mother's memory.

"It was her heart. I was born and raised in this competition and continuing this competition is continuing the memory of my mother," she said.

Patagaye also explained that her mother's competition uplifts teenage girls from lower classes and thereby helps in inspiring confidence among them. The competition also provides further opportunities for international competition.

" First place will go to China and Signapore, second place will go to Turkey, and third place will go to Taiwan" Foster said.

- Romaine Newell

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