On the back of winning last year’s pageant, PBF will this year sponsor 19-year-old Melody Leke from Enga Province.
The Fund was also a sponsor last year, to Abigail Havora who made history when she went on to win the Miss Pacific Islands crown in Cook Island last year.
Leke, first year Science Foundation Year student from the University of PNG has been chosen this year, following another rigorous interview process.
Kennedy Wemin, Managing Director of Melanesian Trust Services, which owns PBF, is confident of its contestant.
“We are all about growing talent and she emulates what we stand for.
“We went out looking for a very special person and I can say we got our money on the winner,” he said.
The Fund also presented a cheque of K15,000 to the MPIP PNG and another K15,000 to Anna Amos of A A Tribal Designs, who will be Miss Pacific Balance Fund’s personal stylist.
The newly announced Miss Pacific Balance Fund thanked everyone for their support and belief in her.
She says the prestigious MPIP PNG is a wonderful platform to pursue one’s dream and make a difference in someone’s life.
Katherine Johnston, chairperson of the MPIP PNG said there are more willing contestants but are still awaiting sponsors and called on business houses for their support.
“The pageant is not just a stage for providing our young women an opportunity to act as cultural ambassadors for their country: it also raises funds for a scholarship fund which will assist young women to complete their education in tertiary institutions and colleges around the country.
“Sponsors like PBF have shown a true collaboration to empower our young women. We believe that education is the key to success and prosperity of this country.”