For my second event as Miss Durham World 2017, my sash arrived JUST in time!

My first crown and sash photo (Feb. 9)

This past Valentine’s Day, or February 14th for those who are in denial, I helped a chapter of MedLife run their “Kissing Booth” event. No…I did not kiss people. I sold Hershey’s Kisses! Get it? 😉 I also sold lots of roses! Mostly roses.

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Using a photo from my first event to advertise my second one!

That morning, I woke up at 5:30 AM to get prepped and pretty to sell roses in a busy atrium of my university. Let me tell you, a just-woken-up-after-sleeping-only-6-hours-Katie is not such a pretty sight. But I don’t usually do too much in terms of hair and makeup, and I wasn’t sure how long it would take me, so I got up extra early just in case!

After curling my hair the way that used to make me cry as a child, but I absolutely love now, and doing more than my usual makeup routine, I was ready to go. Well…after putting on a pretty dress and my crown and sash of course. And I mean, it was cold, so I took the extra precaution of wearing sweatpants under my dress until I got there! 😉

Almost ready to sell some Valentines roses!

Actual photo of me about to walk out the door…this was taken by accident!

Once I made it out of the cold and into the atrium for the event, I helped to set up the table so it could feel as pretty as me! And you know, attract people’s attention. That too.

“Kissing Booth” where I helped sell roses all done up

I am proud to say that by the end of the day, we had sold about 5 dozen roses, and raised over $200 for the MedLife Project Fund which goes directly towards funding community development projects in low-income countries.  These development projects put solutions in place to make sure that medicines and health services are delivered and available to the poor.

The event was a huge success, raising more than double what was raised at the same event last year! We even ran out of roses- Twice.

Posing at our beautiful table!

I’m so glad I was able to be a part of this event and for a cause that I am truly passionate about. Thank you MedLife UOIT/DC for this incredible opportunity!


Katie, Miss Durham World 2017

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