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Beauty queens share stories to inspire students to do charity work

Miss Universe Australia 2013 Renae Ayris (left) poses for a photo with Friends-of-Singa ambassador and Bukit Batok Secondary School student Al-Munawwarah Abdul Latiff, 14, during a visit to the school with other Miss Universe 2013 contestants, on Fri
Miss Universe Australia 2013 Renae Ayris (left) poses for a photo with Friends-of-Singa ambassador and Bukit Batok Secondary School student Al-Munawwarah Abdul Latiff, 14, during a visit to the school with other Miss Universe 2013 contestants, on Friday, Sept 20, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Miss Universe Spain 2013 Andrea Huisgen (left), Miss Universe Malaysia 2013 Carey Ng (centre) and the six other Miss Universe 2013 contestants take a tour of Bukit Batok Secondary School during a visit on Friday, Sept 20, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK
Miss Universe Spain 2013 Andrea Huisgen (left), Miss Universe Malaysia 2013 Carey Ng (centre) and the six other Miss Universe 2013 contestants take a tour of Bukit Batok Secondary School during a visit on Friday, Sept 20, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Miss Universe Great Britain 2013 Amy Willerton (centre) waves to Bukit Batok Secondary School students as she introduces herself during a visit to the school with other Miss Universe 2013 contestants, on Friday, Sept 20, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK
Miss Universe Great Britain 2013 Amy Willerton (centre) waves to Bukit Batok Secondary School students as she introduces herself during a visit to the school with other Miss Universe 2013 contestants, on Friday, Sept 20, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Miss Universe Singapore 2013 Shi Lim (centre) waves to Bukit Batok Secondary School students as she introduces herself during a visit to the school with other Miss Universe 2013 contestants, on Friday, Sept 20, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Miss Universe Singapore 2013 Shi Lim (centre) waves to Bukit Batok Secondary School students as she introduces herself during a visit to the school with other Miss Universe 2013 contestants, on Friday, Sept 20, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Miss Universe Malaysia 2013 Carey Ng (centre) poses for a photo with Friends-of-Singa ambassador and Bukit Batok Secondary School student Saranya Ramesh, 14, during a visit to the school with other Miss Universe 2013 contestants, on Friday, Sept 20,
Miss Universe Malaysia 2013 Carey Ng (centre) poses for a photo with Friends-of-Singa ambassador and Bukit Batok Secondary School student Saranya Ramesh, 14, during a visit to the school with other Miss Universe 2013 contestants, on Friday, Sept 20, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Miss Singapore Universe 2013 Shi Lim poses for photos with 15-year-old Bukit Batok Secondary School students (from left) Bryan Ng, Ong Yu Xian, Aara Noronha, and Zachary Tan during a visit to the school with other Miss Universe 2013 contestants, on F
Miss Singapore Universe 2013 Shi Lim poses for photos with 15-year-old Bukit Batok Secondary School students (from left) Bryan Ng, Ong Yu Xian, Aara Noronha, and Zachary Tan during a visit to the school with other Miss Universe 2013 contestants, on Friday, Sept 20, 2013. Eight Miss Universe contestants visited the school on Friday to support a charity initiative which helps raise funds for students from low-income families. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

Eight Miss Universe contestants visited Bukit Batok Secondary School on Friday to support a charity initiative which helps raise funds for students from low-income families.

Students from the school contributed over $1,000 to the fund, called Share-A-Meal, this year. And they were treated to a visit by the beauty queens from Singapore, Malaysia, Belgium, Spain, Britain, Australia, Germany and the Netherlands.

The women are here as part of the Formula One Singtel Singapore Grand Prix this weekend, and wanted to share their experience with charity work.

Miss Universe Singapore Shi Lim, 25, recounted her work with foster children from a minority tribe in Yunnan, China: "Over there, food was scarce and very precious, but when we were there, they served us their best meat while they ate only vegetables in a separate room.

"In a way, I was being helped myself... I was taught to appreciate the value of things."

The students were thrilled by the visit.

Said Secondary 2 student Saranya Ramesh: "In the past I thought beauty queens were arrogant, and join pageants for fame, but after speaking to them, I realised they are passionate about doing charity work."