Miss World Philippines 2019 candidate Kalea Lorren Pitel has vowed to promote better and improved healthcare by educating people on various diseases.
“Specifically, my advocacy tackles the importance of women’s health and preventing teen pregnancy,” said Kalea.
Kalea, 23, a registered nurse by profession based in California, said she has partnered with a foundation called Project PEARLS which stands for “Peace, Education, Aspiration, Respect, Love and Smiles” which are the key values being promoted by the foundation.
Project PEARLS is based in Tondo, Manila, and its primary beneficiaries are poor women and children living in the area.
Kalea has led a number of charity events for the same causes that Project PEARLS espouses, because they are near and dear to her heart.
She has recently led a “blood donation drive” to benefit the American Red Cross.
Project PEARLS’ main mission is to help children get out of poverty and to enable them to achieve their dreams.
To do this, the foundation gives them opportunities through scholarship grants and educational resources. Educating the children will allow them to have a better future, and breaking away from the vicious cycle of poverty.
Project PEARLS also strives to constantly grow its network of sponsors and partners, and to raise resources through grant applications and various fund-raising activities.
This is to ensure that it is able to feed hundreds daily, send to school as many children as possible, improve the care and support for children and families with health issues, and help the community have a sustainable livelihood program.
“Breaking the cycle of poverty is almost impossible. But poverty doesn’t have to be permanent, especially for children,” said Kalea, who is representing Olongapo City in the national pageant.
Kalea graduated with honors from the Loma Linda University in California, with a B.S. degree in Nursing. Throughout her university days, she earned scholarships from Red Cross and Sharp Auxiliary.
She enjoys playing basketball, hiking, volunteering for community service, and spending time with her friends and family.
“My journey to Miss World Philippines won’t be easy. I am doing this on my own, with the help of my family and friends and those of my pageant family. I will be facing challenges every day, and I hope you will be part of my journey to the crown,” Kalea said.