Beauty queen spreads Christmas cheer at children’s ward

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 15:32

While many of us are enjoying the festive season with family and friends others are less fortunate.

For this reason Miss Seychelles…Another World 2016 Christine Barbier and second princess Samia Albert paid a visit to the fourteen sick children admitted in the paediatric ward at the Seychelles Hospital yesterday morning.

The beauty queens alongside representatives from the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) arrived with boxes full of cupcakes sponsored by Kempinski Seychelles Resort to distribute to the patients.

This was specifically organised by STB to mark the occasion of La fête des innocents and Miss Barbier’s birthday.

The visit was a gesture initiated by Miss Barbier who said she wanted the children spending Christmas and New Year in hospital to feel included in the festivities.

Twelve-year-old Lana-Mary Edmond, who has been admitted since December 14, was all smiles as she accepted her cake and said she was extremely happy Miss Barbier and Miss Albert took the time to visit them.

Similarly Miss Nourrice stated she was glad there were people like Miss Barbier who thought about the children unfortunate enough to be in hospital during this time.

“It’s always a pleasure for the staff of the paediatric ward to welcome visitors who want to spend some time with the children. It always lifts their mood and makes their stay a little more pleasant,” she said.

Miss Seychelles’ visit around the ward concluded with a souvenir photograph of her and several of the small patients.

Miss Barbier and Miss Albert, STB Events team, chief executive Sherin Francis, her deputy Jennifer Sinon in collaboration with Avani Seychelles Resort and the National Council for the Disabled (NCD) later hosted a lunch for disabled children at the Avani Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa.

After lunch, Father Christmas handed out gifts to the children.

Miss Seychelles said she wanted to spend her 25th birthday with the children and to bring joy and a smile on their faces.

The kids then danced the afternoon way, all with big smiles and happy hearts.