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Miss World 2023 Krystyna Pyszkova visited South Africa and joined the Smile Foundation to meet children recovering from burns at the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.


South Africa (16 May 2024) – Recently crowned in India, Miss World 2023, Krystyna Pyszkova, and her six continental queens will visit the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital to raise awareness about the causes, prevention and treatment of burn injuries and the importance of first aid and proper wound care. This event is scheduled for Monday, 13th May 2024.

The continental queens are Miss World Asia, Yasmina Zaytoun from Lebanon, Miss World Africa Lesego Chombo (Botswana), Miss World Oceania Kristen Wright (Australia), Miss World Caribbean Aché Abrahams (Trinidad & Tobago), Miss World Europe Jessica Ashley Gagen (United Kingdom) and Miss World Americas Leticia Frota from Brazil.

During the visit by Miss World and the continental queens, they joined the children who will receive specialised laser treatment for their burns. This medical device has had a profound impact on children with severe burns. Its laser treatment not only improves the appearance of scarring, but it also reduces the pain associated with burn scars.

Through advanced laser technology, it is also able to stimulate new skin growth giving these children renewed hope for rehabilitation and a better quality of life.

Boitumelo, a six-year-old girl, is among the children receiving laser treatment. She endured severe burn injuries during a devastating shack fire, which tragically claimed some of her siblings. Fortunately, one of her older siblings rescued her, pulling her to safety through a window. Boitumelo spent a prolonged period in the ICU due to a lung injury from inhaling smoke.

“We are thrilled to join forces with Miss World South Africa and the Miss World organisation on Tuesday May 14th to support the Beauty with a Purpose (BWAP) work, a social responsibility project which motivates reigning queens to create or support important charity causes around the world,” said Marc Lubner, Smile Foundation’s Co-founder & Executive Chairman.

A Netflix crew is filming the visit to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital and Alexandra for a documentary on Miss World’s BWAP worldwide.

“We at Smile Foundation and Afrika Tikkun, believe BWAP is an inspiring path to leadership and we are proud to be associated with this effort to nurture future leaders,” said Lubner, whose Lubner Foundation founded Afrika Tikkun and Smile Foundation.

Humanitarian work is at the forefront of the pageant industry’s work, and both the Miss World Organisation and Miss World South Africa shared their pride in the awareness raised by Krystyna Pyszkova and her continental queens.

“The humanitarian work we have done in communities around the world is our truest pride and we are always honoured to serve. We are delighted to visit this centre in Alexandra which ensures that where you come from does not impede your ability to access quality education and opportunity,” said Julia Morley CBE, President of the Miss World Organisation.

“In this first of its kind visit of Miss World and continental queens, the Miss World Organization is determined to support the efforts of our local BWAP projects. This will ensure that as we mark thirty years of democracy ,we recognise the many non-governmental institutions that work with us for the betterment of society”, said Carol Bouwer, license holder and President of Miss World South Africa.

Sources: The Smile Foundation – Supplied
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