By SEAN NERO
REIGNING Miss World, Zi Lin Zhang, is convinced that a visit to T&T was just what she needed to gather her thoughts, in the wake of the devastation caused to her native China by a massive earthquake.
She said her decision to travel to T&T, while her countrymen were still coming to terms with the disaster, was a necessary sacrifice at this time.
Zhang believed that she could do more for the people of China by creating greater awareness of the effects of the natural disaster, while the search for survivors continues and the death toll rises.
Authorities in China have mounted a massive relief and rescue operations.
Meanwhile, international aid agencies remain alert, monitoring the situation, to lend assistance to those in need.
Using her limited command of the English language, Zhang said she hoped that her visit would brighten her spirits and consequently allow her to do more for the people of China.
“As you know, my country has had a terrible earthquake. I was sad and everything. I hope I can come here to be more happy and do more for my country.
“All of us (are) working hard. We are raising funds for the earthquake. I don’t know how to do more, but I would try my best.”
During a media conference in the VIP Lounge at Piarco International Airport, Julia Morley, chairman of the Miss World Organisation, who accompanied Zhang on this trip, defended her decision to fly to T&T.
She said thousands of Chinese troops had been deployed on the grounds and had the reigning Miss World gone back home, “all she could have done was stand and stare.”
Morley disclosed that there were discussions on whether Zhang should return to China at this time, but it was decided that she could do more “useful things here,” rather than stand and stare.
“Unless you are a qualified person working, digging people out you are only able to stand and stare.
“Is it not better to come and do something useful here?” she asked.
Morley made it clear that on their return to China, a big fund-raising exercise would take place in that country.
Zhang arrived at Piarco International Airport on Friday, almost an hour past her scheduled arrival which was caused by a flight delay.
Her visit to T&T was on the invitation of the National Aids Co-ordinating Council (NACC) for this evening’s 19th National Aids Candlelight Memorial in the borough of Chaguanas.
Zhang and her entourage were received by former Miss World, Giselle La Ronde-West; former Miss T&T/World delegate, Valene Maharaj; Angela Lee Loy, chairman of the NACC, Andy Fearon, acting head of the NACC; and Peter Elias, national director of the Pageant Company of T&T.
Also present were reigning Miss T&T/World representative Gabrielle Walcott; Miss T&T/Universe delegate Anya Ayoung-Chee; and Adrian Raymond, of the Pageant Company.
Morley said: “We work very hard around the world to do the best we can to bring awareness to the problem (HIV/Aids) that we all face.”
More fockin Chinee in we mudder cont! Imagine in some parts of fockin T&T ah seeing Chinee road signs. Like dey fockin driving too or wa.
Chinee coming here in droves and look another one. Only Chinee Chow Mein, Chow kai Cow and Chow kai Goat.
Ah wonder if she related to Calder Hart wife, Sherrine Lee.
Yuh know that is the real contact for all this setta Chinee. The mark muss buss one day.