The date for the National Queen Show is drawing nearer and none of the contestants have yet to receive sponsorship.
The Carnival committee is said to be operating at a loss this year and organizers continues to appeal to the private sector to make a commitment towards Carnival.
“These ladies have been working extremely hard, it’s six ladies and they certainly want to put on a most fantastic, amazing show for the Dominican public and to date there is still the struggle for sponsorship for those young ladies,” Marketing and Communications Executive for FLOW Dominica, Ferdina Frampton said while delivering an address at the third Carnival press conference on Wednesday. “It may not be a full sponsorship that you can give, it may be half, it may be a quarter but little goes a long way in times like these and in situations like these.”
Frampton, who is also a member of the Queen Show Committee, pointed out that the committee is aware of the situation in the business environment in Dominica, however, “if that’s the only contribution you can make during Carnival, let that be the contribution that you make in support of one of those young ladies.”
“Five thousand dollars adds up, $2,000 adds up, $10,000 adds up, whatever it is that you may be able to contribute in one way or the other, I think you should make the effort to do so…,” Frampton explained.“Little is always a lot when you need it.”
Nonetheless, she stated, that the contestants are preparing with the support of the Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC) and the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA).
The contestants are Tasia Floissac, 22, of Castle Comfort; Abigail Shillingford, 19, of Goodwill; Britney Pharoah, 22, of Grandbay; Nawana Shillingford, 25, of Loubiere; Mernel Christmas, 19, of Campbell and Judy Toussaint, 20, of San Sauveur.
The National Queen show is carded for February 5.