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Persons with Disabilities showcase beauty at glamorous pageant – PHOTOS


There was pomp and fanfare as women living with disabilities drawn from different parts of the country showcased their beauty at a glamorous event on Friday night at Sarova Shaba Lodge in Isiolo.

The five-hour event, which featured modern and cultural fashions, preceded the seventh edition of the Desert Wheel Race 2018 hosted by Isiolo county government in partnership with Northern Nomadic Disabled Person’s Organization (NONDO) on Saturday.

Isiolo Governor, Mohamed Kuti, Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and Arid and Semi-Arid Lands, Eugene Wamalwa, and his Labour and Social protection counterpart Ukur Yattani were among the dignitaries who graced the occasion.

Caroline Wanjira (center), the winner of the fashion show event for women living with disabilities, is presented with a dummy cheque of Sh50,000 by (from right), Isiolo Governor Mohamed Kuti, Nominated MP David Ole Sankok, Mandera Governor Ali Roba, Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa and Labour CS Ukur Yattani. PHOTO | VIVIAN JEBET
Caroline Wanjira (center), the winner of the fashion show event for women living with disabilities, is presented with a dummy cheque of Sh50,000 by (from right), Isiolo Governor Mohamed Kuti, Nominated MP David Ole Sankok, Mandera Governor Ali Roba, Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa and Labour CS Ukur Yattani. PHOTO | VIVIAN JEBET

Also in attendance were Mandera Governor, Ali Roba, MP David Ole Sangok (representing PWDs) CAS Labour, Abdul Bahari and Isiolo Woman Representative Rehema Jaldesa.

At some point, the distinguished guests stepped on the runway to catwalk and display their dancing skills.

Ms Caroline Wanjira, the winner of the fashion show event for women living with disabilities. PHOTO | VIVIAN JEBET
Ms Caroline Wanjira, the winner of the fashion show event for women living with disabilities. PHOTO | VIVIAN JEBET

WINNERS’ PRIZES

The fashion show was incorporated as one of the activities in the race marked annually, aimed at championing for the rights of persons living with disabilities through sports.

There were cheers and disbelief among the spectators as the 12 female contestants living with different kinds of physical disabilities to took the runway to showcase their beauty in different stunning attires.

The 12 models did not let their disabilities get in their way as they displayed grace and elegance throughout the event.

Right to left: Cabinet Secretary for Devolution Eugene Wamalwa, Mandera Governor Ali Roba and Isiolo Governor Mohamed Kuti during the fashion show event for women living with disabilities in Isiolo. PHOTO | VIVIAN JEBET
Right to left: Cabinet Secretary for Devolution Eugene Wamalwa, Mandera Governor Ali Roba and Isiolo Governor Mohamed Kuti during the fashion show event for women living with disabilities in Isiolo. PHOTO | VIVIAN JEBET

Ms Caroline Wanjira 27, from Nairobi County, was crowned the overall winner and received a prize money of Sh50,000 for her efforts, while the first and second runners pocketing Sh30,000 and Sh20,000 respectively.

Ms Wanjira, who moves around with the aid of a wheel chair, was also made an Ambassador for the Desert Wheel Race.

The two Governors however pledged to reward all the other contestants with Sh10,000 each, saying it was only fair that all them go home with some cash.