Catriona Gray takes on mission of making cleft children smile as their ambassador
Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray has been crowned a new title, and it is that of a global ambassador by Smile Train, an international charity dedicated to helping children with cleft conditions.
Gray is grateful for her new role and is “super honored to continue working to create smiles” with the organization, she announced on Instagram yesterday, Feb. 4.
“Children’s causes have been and continue to be so close to my heart and I can’t wait to travel and raise awareness for cleft around the world, as well as here in the Philippines,” she noted.
Gray started working with Smile Train after winning Miss Universe back in 2018. The international nonprofit group meanwhile has been a partner of the Miss Universe organization since 2016.
The Filipina-Australian beauty queen recently raised around P388,000 through her birthday fundraiser, which was donated to Smile Train Philippines. She shared the good news on Instagram last Monday, Feb. 3.
Last October, Gray went to South America along with other beauty queens to visit the Brazillian arm of Smile Train, where they spent their time bonding with the young beneficiaries.
Even before joining Binibining Pilipinas and Miss Universe, however, Gray has been involved in charity work since it has always been her advocacy to help underprivileged children.
Other than Smile Train, Gray has also been helping out Young Focus, a Philippine-based nonprofit organization that aims to provide impoverished youth access to free, quality education and proper nutrition.
While her birthday fundraiser was for Smile Train, Gray celebrated her birthday with the kids of Young Focus in Tondo, Manila. She turned 26 years old on Jan. 6. JB
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