Prior to the hosting of the National Carnival Queen Pageant 2010/2011, all contestants were pegged to a charitable or social organisation which they were expected to communicate with, and participate actively in the organisation’s activities while learning about its objectives and purpose of being.
Liburd was attached to “Hope Tears” and the organisation has expressed its commendation of her, especially with her continued support for Hope Tears initiatives.
“To Hope Tears, what is most commendable about 21 year-old Abigail is her unwavering commitment to the group even after the show’s end. Hope Tears is a non-profit organization that executes programs geared towards helping persons, especially women and girls to better themselves. Its flagship programme is a mentorship programme for girls considered “at risk” aged 11 to 16 from the high schools across the island.
“As part of her attachment for the pageant, Abigail served as a mentor to a 15-year-old girl and saw and heard the diverse and sometimes disturbing issues that face these girls. She recently said in a radio interview that the experience has been “life changing and it has made me more grateful for what I have”. Abigail has continued the relationship with her “little sister” and encourages other women to become mentors as well…Hope Tears wishes Abigail and the other contestants from the pageant the very best in their endeavours as they continue to inspire other young women to aspire for greater things,” the release indicated.
Liburd placed second to in the pageant to Queen Iantavian Queeley and would be called upon to serve in that capacity should Queen Queeley be unable to fulfill her obligations as the 2010/2011 National Carnival Queen.
Hope Tears, through the release, is making an appeal for women who fall within the 21-35 age bracket to “become mentors”.
“If you are within that age range, have no criminal record and are genuinely interested in helping a young girl develop her full potential through your love, energy and patience, contact Hope Tears at firstname.lastname@example.org, view our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Hope-Tears/126847494047996) or call 667 4282, 667 0076 or 664 2736 for more information. The more mentors we have, the more girls we can positively impact!”