Commenting on her visit the Miss World representative stated “The high incarceration rate in St. Kitts is a spin off from the high crime rate. The incarcerated have a personal responsibility to turn around their lives but the onus is also on us (the rest of society) to do whatever it takes to ensure that first time offenders do not become repeat offenders. I reached out to them because I needed to impart a message with them that being incarcerated is not the end. I told them they still have the opportunity to redeem themselves and become productive citizens”
She spoke to the prisoners about the importance of staying positive even when circumstances are not in their favour. She also revealed that it meant a lot to her simply interacting and sharing with the prisoners.
“I saw some familiar faces, some my age it was difficult seeing so many of them behind bars because to me it’s a waste of our human capital. We shouldn’t lock the lock and through away the keys. They are human just like you and I and all they need sometimes is compassion, support and a push in the right direction to make better choices. All wished me well in my endeavours and made me very comfortable,” Markysa said.
Notable, local Superstar Dagah of IREPSKN Music Group who was a part of her team was then specially requested by prisoners to sing a few of his most popular tunes. After that 3 members of Operation Future also took turns on the mic to sing their original songs.
The Miss World contestant is now focusing her “Beauty With A Purpose” campaign on addressing issues of the marginalized portion of our population.
She believes that political division, dysfunctional families, social degradation, gender biases and a host of other problems damper the progress of the federation and it her wish to see a better St. Kitts and Nevis and hopes that she can positively impact society through her efforts.
O’Loughlin visited the prison on 14th June to enlighten the inmates on the importance of taking control of their lives and making better choices.