ONE little girl has every reason to smile yesterday afternoon after being crowned little Miss Waigani at the Mary Queen of the Pacific Catholic church in Waigani, Port Moresby.
Six-year-old Melvina Lasia, a Grade One student at St Joseph’s International Catholic College, was among five contenders for the title.
They were representing their respective branches of the church’s Basic Christian Committee (BCC) and raised more than K54,000 for a new church building.
The event was organised by church members as one of the fundraising activities towards the new church building, an idea initiated two years ago.
Pastoral council chairman, Luke Robini, said the fundraising drive was not an annual event, nor was it the only event, but one of many activities organised by members to raise funds for the project.
Mr Robini was overwhelmed by the efforts by BCC members and the girls, conveying his gratitude for their commitment and generosity.
The five youngsters along with their members raised a total of K54,375.10.
Representing Lower North Waigani BCC, young Lasia from East and West New Britain provinces, was announced the winner after raising the highest sum of K23,180.50.
In second place was NCC BCC with K13,630 followed by Waigani Upper Heights raising K13,064.50, Central BCC registered K2,500 and Welcome BCC produced K2,000.