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Hero's welcome for SA's Miss World

Posted By: Denise IRANZI - On:23/12/2014
The newly crowned Miss World, Rolene Strauss, arrived back home on Saturday, 20 December and was given a rousing welcome at OR Tambo Airport.

Strauss was met by the Minister of Sports and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula, former Miss World 1958, Penny Rey Coelen, her parents and brother, licence-holders Sun International and headline sponsor Cell C.

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Thousands of well-wishers and singers carrying banners and Proudly South African flags greeted a visibly stunned Strauss who was wearing her Miss World crown. She stepped into the arrivals hall, accompanied by Steven Douglas, event director of the Miss World Organisation, and a ring of policemen.

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The area reverberated with songs and dances as the famous Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir gave voice to the occasion and moved everybody as they sang the South African National anthem and Strauss’ favourite song, You Raise Me Up.


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Douglas addressed the crowd: “You gave us Miss South Africa and we are bringing home Miss World.”

He assured South Africans that Strauss won’t be lost to South Africa but will be doing meaningful work here during her reign.



Strauss told the crowd how proud she was having being crowned Miss World, her passion for making a difference and her desire to make a strong contribution through her charity which over the next few months will take her to Hong Kong, China, the Philippines, the Caribbean, India, South America, Indonesia and Australia.


A surprise visitor was 11-year-old Cape Town schoolgirl, Xabiso Mlumbi, to whom Strauss donated a wheelchair through one of her charities and holds a special place in her heart.

 

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