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Local chasing World title, charity help for kids

Cowichan’s Mary Cleverley is a finalist in the Miss World Canada competition. - Andrew Leong
Cowichan’s Mary Cleverley is a finalist in the Miss World Canada competition.
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Cowichan's Mary Cleverley is tickled to be raising money for Variety, the Children's Charity as part of the Miss World Canada competition she's secured a spot as a finalist in.

The 22-year-old Frances Kelsey grad is currently collecting donations for the Children's Charity as well votes to help her move forward in the competition, to the next round.

"Miss World Canada focuses on humanitarianism and philanthropy, and that's the reason why I joined this pageant," the Duncan Winners employee explained. "Not having many experiences in volunteering is my weakest point, and this is the reason why I joined Miss World Canada so I can get an experience of helping people not just in my community but also around the world."

Cleverley was born in the Philippines and came to Canada in 2003.

She's been living in Duncan since, and has also represented Cowichan schools in field hockey, basketball and volleyball.

She's made a name for herself on the local sports scene, voted as the Sports Personality of the Year at George Bonner Middle School as well as winning numerous tennis awards through the South Cowichan Lawn Tennis Club.

In 2010, she was also crowned Miss Teen Victoria and won the title of Miss Philippines North America in Toronto.

"I aspire to be a kindergarten teacher and to succeed in achieving a diploma for Early Childhood Education and Care in the future," said the go-getter, who's also dabbled in acting, playing parts in the Spooksville, Grace and Unleashed TV series.

"The winner of this pageant will get to compete internationally in London, England for the Miss World Pageant," Cleverley said. "Miss World is the oldest and most watched show on television more than the Olympics, and also raised over $5 million dollars for all different charities."

To vote for Cleverley in the People's Choice Award for Miss World Canada, (to help her advance to the top 16), click here.

To help her collect donations for the Children's Charity, click here and follow these directions:

1.Click on Fundraising Events

2. Click on "Miss World Canada" on the left column of the page

3. Select "Sponsor a Delegate"

4. Search for "Mary Cleverley"

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