The race to find a contestant from the North of Ireland to go forward and compete in the Miss Earth Pageant in Austria later this year will take place in the City Hotel this evening.
The Miss Earth Pageant sees women from all over the world compete against one another on beauty and knowledge of environmental issues.
Derry is no stranger to the Miss Earth Pageant. In recent years five women from Derry have been selected to represent the North of Ireland at the UK and Ireland finals.
The winners of the UK and Ireland finals are then put forward to compete against other women from all over the world.
This year is the first time in the competition’s history that the world final will be held outside of the Philippines.
The event, which is taking place in Derry later today, is sponsored by the Richmond Centre and all of the proceeds raised at the event will be donated to the Playtrail on the Racecourse Road.
“The unique element to the Miss Earth Pageant is that it sends out an important environmental message,” said Miss Earth Northern Ireland and Derry woman, Justine McEleney.
“It’s not your typical beauty competition. Women of all shapes and sizes take part and it encourages so many people to take an active interest in the environment,” she added.
Ten women from the North of Ireland will take part in today’s event in Derry.
All of the women have helped to promote keeping tourism and wildlife areas litter free, education on the importance of saving water, deforestation and human activity causing wildfires especially during the summer period as well as helping to educate younger generations on the importance of recycling.
The Miss Earth event starts in the City Hotel this evening with a reception at 6pm and with the main event commencing at 6:30pm.
For more information visit the Miss Earth UK and Ireland Facebook page.