Newly crowned Miss World 2019, Toni-Ann Singh, is scheduled to arrive in Jamaica on Friday, December 20 for a four-day visit being organised by the Government.
“It is a miracle that we have been able to get such swift action.”— Grange
She will be accompanied by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Miss World Organization, Julia Morley; Event Director of Miss World Organization, Stephen Douglas Morley; Head of Media and Public Relations, Miss World Organization, David Greenwood; and her father, Bradshaw Singh.
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, made the disclosure at Wednesday’s (December 18) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House.
She said that since Toni-Ann’s remarkable victory, the Government has been in discussions with the Miss World Organization, and after several talks, they agreed to the visit, despite her packed schedule.
“It is a miracle that we have been able to get such swift action, but Toni-Ann’s crowning as Miss World has been a… Cinderella story and it has been a miraculous story,” she said.
Slate of activities
Outlining the slate of activities, Grange said the visiting party is scheduled to arrive at 5:15 p.m. at the Norman Manley International Airport.
The receiving party will include Grange; Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett; Mayor of Kingston, Senator Councillor, Delroy Williams; Mayor of Morant Bay, Councillor, Michael Hue; and Miss Jamaica World co-franchisees, Weston Horton and Dahlia Harris.
A press conference has been scheduled for The Jamaica Pegasus hotel at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 21.
“During the course of the day, there will be a number of private activities and discussions with the franchisee and a little time for the party to relax,” Grange said.
Later in the evening, a cultural tribute will be held at Emancipation Park, during which Toni-Ann will perform. She is also slated to attend ‘Unruly Fest’ in St Thomas.
Activities scheduled for Sunday, December 22 include a tour of sections of St Thomas. During that tour, she will place a wreath on the tomb of her grandfather and former Councillor, Harold Singh, and visit the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation’s (WCJF) office in the parish. She will also be hosted at a luncheon by Mayor Hue.
On her return to Kingston, she will be hosted by Prime Minister Andrew Holness at a reception at Jamaica House.
On Monday, December 23, Toni-Ann will pay courtesy calls on Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon Sir Patrick Allen; Prime Minister Holness; and the Leader of the Opposition, Dr Peter Phillips.
She will also visit the WCJF’s head office in Kingston where she will interact with young mothers and staff at the institution. She departs the island later in the evening.