Lesa-gayle Wee Tom is more than a Jamaican beauty; by the age of five she had already mastered the art of performing and modeling in front of mass audiences. Now, after countless pageant titles, television and modeling appearances, a successful academic career and being named a humanitarian, Milan is undoubtedly taking the world by storm.
1. What is the name of your charity and how did you get involved in charity work?
- The name of my charity is "One Love Women and Children organization". I got involved in charity work at a very young age, my parents always instilled the importance of sharing. I started as a Brownie (girl scout) in my early childhood, then I became a member of the Kiwanis Club my freshman year at Immaculate Conception High School, but it wasn't until my 2nd year in college that I decided to chair my own charity.
2. Tell us a little more about the Miss Humanity Int'l Pageant that you will be participating in
- Miss Humanity International celebrates it's 2nd annual grand coronation this month in Barbados, however this is Jamaica's 1st year participating. The pageant promotes selflessness and humanity, it also enforces the specific obligations that comes with being a positive role model.
3. What will be your platform for this -pageant?
- My platform is "Woman and Children World Issues" . My goal is to continue raising awareness on issues that concern women and children in the world such as inequality, abuse, rape, human trafficking and cancer in attempt to find cures and decrease the annual rate level. I chose this platform because my life has been affected both directly and indirectly by these issues and I believe by sharing my story and volunteering my time, I can make a difference in someone's life.
4. Talk to us about some of the work you've done.
- I am an ambassador for "Friends for Education", together we've raised $625,000 in scholarship for the 8 yrs old girl that was reported raped a few weeks ago. We are strong advocates of educating our youths because we believe it's the right investment for a better Jamaica. In addition, I also volunteer at local prep and primary schools where I mentor students and teach physical education.
- In effort to raising awareness to Breast Cancer, I created a sub-division to my organization called "Mirror Mirror" for women who've lost their hair because of chemotherapy. This organization raises money to buy wigs and host beauty events for these women where they get their hair, make-up and a full day of pampering. I strongly believe every woman deserves to feel and look their best despite their circumstances.
5. Are sponsors (corporate) involved in your charity works?
- Yes, this year I teamed up Xtreme Brite Corporation and the Hon Usain Bolt donated a pair of his spikes for my charity auction. I'm very grateful to everyone who supports my organization.
6. What's next for you?
- Hopefully the prestigious title of Miss Humanity International 2012 ;)