Comox woman Grace Howard withdrawing from Miss World Canada pageant
Comox resident Grace Howard has decided to step out of the Miss World Canada pageant.
The 20-year-old was among 40 finalists for the competition that is part of the Miss World movement, which in turn is partnering with the Children's Charity that raises funds for special-needs children.
Grace herself works with special-needs youth and teens.
"I want to keep my commitment to them," she said, explaining why she will not partake in the May 11 pageant in Vancouver. "I couldn't commit to both as much as I wanted.
"But I gained a lot from the experience. It gave me a new motivation to reach out to people."
Grace will continue to fundraise for the Children's Charity. She has so far raised $1,345. Her goal is to reach $7,000 by her birthday on April 7.
To help her fundraising efforts, visit www.gifttool.com/athon/MyFundraisingPage?ID=1277&AID=2251&PID=404586.