Vodafone Hibiscus festival: Khan is passionate about the environment

Miss Autocare Fiji and Sinopa, Nikhat Nilufa Khan. Picture: SUPPLIED

HER passion for the environment is something that Nikhat Khan will want to promote on the national stage at this year’s Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus festival.

The 22-year-old from Ba who is sponsored by Autocare Fiji and Sinopa said she will be advocating for climate awareness and education on the impacts of climate change in the Pacific as we are most venerable.

Having graduated with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and currently pursuing a post graduate diploma in science and biology at the University of the South Pacific, Miss Khan said the Hibiscus festival is a good platform for advocacy.

Miss Khan who is an environmental conservationist and volunteers with many Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) for conservation work said her mum had encouraged her to enter the pageant.

“I am passionate about our environment and I am a part of many NGOs that deals with animal and environment protection,” Miss Khan said.
“I believe that we must pursue what we love and to always step out of the box,” she said.

Miss Khan said her preparation for the pageant after being chosen as a contestant has been well underway with the help of her family and friends.
She said the expectation to be perfect in all aspects is a little scary as a contestant but they continually learn off each other as the other contestants are very helpful as well.

Miss Khan said the most exciting part of being a contestant so far was the workshops and getting to meet people who do ground work in advocacy and awareness on the issues we talk about.

Meanwhile the 2018 Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus festival will begin on August 10 with the official opening on August 11, 2018 at the Valelevu grounds in Nasinu.

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