Up for humanitarian award
Yarroweyah teenager Indyanna-Rose Ciccone will board a plane to Sydney this weekend after one of the biggest achievements in her young life.
Indy, 14, has been shortlisted for the Miss Humanitarian of the Year award at the Australian Beauty Pageant Awards.
The Miss Humanitarian is someone who has inspired their local community by putting charity first, devoting their time, energy and status to causes big and small and has helped raise awareness and bring hope to those who need it most.
Indy’s mother Kayla Morris said the news Indy had made the finals came as quite the shock.
‘‘We didn’t expect anything out of it because there are girls that have been doing it for years and years, but we got notified on November 18 that Indy had been nominated and made the finals for Miss Humanitarian of the Year,’’ Ms Morris said.
‘‘The top award is Beauty Queen of the Year and then Miss Humanitarian is the one directly under that, and she’s competing in the miss section, which is open age, not the little miss section, which is a pretty amazing achievement.’’
Indy’s nomination came after appearing at the Continents Pageant Australia in Sydney three weeks ago.
Director Kim Cancellier was so impressed by Indy’s work that she took the step of nominating her for the Miss Humanitarian of the Year award.
Indy was nominated for her work with Aussie Helpers, which supplies basic essentials to farming families doing it tough.
Despite it being confronting work, Indy loves helping other people when possible and has been doing it for almost two years.
‘‘I know what’s going on in the world, I’m not blind. I try and take every day as it is and every person as they are and try and help them as best as I can,’’ she said.
Indy’s compassion for others was evident on a recent visit to members of the community doing it tough.
‘‘I went and saw an old Italian couple out Katunga way who had been on their farm for 50-odd years and their vouchers hadn’t come yet and they were so low in morale and were experiencing financial hardship, so I put some money on Visa cards and gave it to them,’’ Indy said.
It was not Aussie Helpers’ money, it was her own — showing just how invested she is in helping those less fortunate than herself.
Indy has run fundraisers for the Sydney Children’s Hospital cancer ward when she has been there for pageants.
‘‘I think the reason Kim nominated Indy was because her work with Aussie Helpers is essentially suppling people with basic human needs as well as their dignity, to a degree,’’ Ms Morris said.
She said no matter the competition’s result at the weekend, her extended family would all be incredibly proud of Indy’s achievements and her work in the community.
‘‘We weren’t expecting Indy to get nominated, let alone make the final cut — and as I’ve said to her, even if she gets up there and doesn’t win, it’s awesome people like Kim have seen what she has been doing and believe that she really has potential,’’ Ms Morris said.
Making an impact: Indyanna-Rose Ciccone competed in the Miss Teen Australia competition earlier this year and has now made the finals of the Miss Humanitarian of the Year award at the Australian Beauty Pageant Awards.
Help on the way: Yarroweyah teenager Indyanna-Rose Ciccone alongside items supplied by Aussie Helpers before heading out to a local farming family in need.