Georgetown, Guyana – (October 19, 2016) Miss World Guyana 2016, Ms. Nuriyyih Gerrard, today, paid a courtesy call on Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon at his office at the Ministry of the Presidency.

During the visit, Ms. Gerrard presented Minister Harmon with a plaque, which she said is to express her appreciation for his support during her pageant journey. The beauty queen also used the opportunity to update Minister Harmon on her projects and the work that she has been doing to advance her platform on treating mental health in Guyana.

Minister Harmon extended his congratulations to Ms. Gerrard for her efforts in this endeavour and he encouraged her to establish a strong linkage with the Ministry of Public Health. He noted that mental health is one of the greater focuses of this administration and as such, it will be adequately represented in the 2017 National Budget.

The beauty ambassador noted that “As a young person I chose to focus primarily on the youth and children…I’ve founded a non-governmental organisation called ‘One Act Foundation’…we basically want to show civil society, other non-governmental organisations that together we all can make or have one act of kindness that can have a significant impact on someone’s life.”

She also pointed out that she uses her experience in theatre to introduce her platform in Guyana’s Ten Administrative Regions. “We utilise ‘One Act’ with skits that we try to use as a tool to address mental health issues…we are also working along with software developers in India to help develop applications,” Ms. Gerrard said.

Minister Harmon also committed to providing Ms. Gerrard with the requisite information she needs to effectively represent Guyana on the international stage.

Ms. Gerrard was accompanied to the meeting by Miss World Guyana Franchise Holder, Mr. Winston Martindale and Miss World Guyana Business Consultant, Mr. Brian Backer.

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