Dolores; From Brisbane with a mission
(Samoa Events Incorporated, SEI): To arrive at Salelologa Savaii this week as one of the nine contestants for the McDonald’s Miss Samoa Pageant 2018 Crown, Dolores Cassandra SatiuCufi had to sponsor herself.
It means funding everything from her own attire to travel expenses from Brisbane Australia to get to the Big Island.
But that is secondary to the 23 year old, who is proud to be Miss Salimu Fagaloa, her mother’s home village.
Born in Samoa, Dolores has no regrets as she shares her aspirations, ambitions and why the Miss Samoa crown means the world to her.
“I have been a youth leader and mentor to young girls for the past five years and in that time volunteered as a Lead Tenant with Mercy Organisation to help young people under the governments care transition into independent living,” says Dolores who has completed a Diploma in Hotel Management and currently studying a Bachelor of International Tourism and Hotel Management.
“I am passionate about reaching young people who are struggling and building relationships with them,” she added. “I had a lot to do with my community back in Australia and I’ve always wanted to give back to my Samoan community.
“Being Miss Samoa will enable me to use that platform to fulfil my potentials and contributing to the development of Samoa in different ways, especially in areas that I am passionate about – that is youth development. What are you greatest strengths? .
Asked about her strengths, Miss Salimu Fagaloa who currently works as at Accor Hotel as a Guest Service Agent showed her confidence.
“I would like to think my greatest strength is being true to myself. I am an honest, dedicated, trustworthy and respectful person. These are some of the attributes that i believe has helped open up opportunities for me wherever I go.”
Continued the articulate Fagaloa beauty;
“Honestly I think by being yourself.
“Around the world our Samoan girls are well known for being strong individuals. They are respectful, loving, caring, beautiful, supportive, protective and full of grace.
“I believe these are some of things that best describe a Tamaitai Samoa or the essence of a Tamaitai Samoa.”
Whatever the outcome holds for Dolores after this Saturday when the curtain falls on the pageant, her prayers is that her Father, Miguel Cufi from Barcelona Spain and Audra Satiu from Salimu Fagaloa will be proud of her achievements.