Sarah Isaac: an inspiring story

July 10, 2019 by Yvette Goode
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A Jewish Miss World entrant is raising funds for children through Variety.

Sarah Isaac

Sarah Isaac has an inspiring story for us all. She is proud of her heritage as both Jewish and Kurdish. Originally from Canberra but having lived in Armidale for a while, Sarah is a Miss World entrant looking to fundraise for Variety through Beauty with a Purpose, and is hoping to raise about $30,000 for the children’s charity.

“I know it is a very big target and that’s why I wanted to engage the community and share my work of fundraising activities around the town,” Sarah said.

Beauty with a Purpose was created in 1972. It is the fundraising heart of Miss World, and the children’s charity, Variety, has been closely associated with Miss World for many years. More than US$1 billion has been donated to organisations in aid of disadvantaged children around the globe.

“I really have a very soft spot for disability. I think it comes from my passion around Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a really strong working area for me. I’m very happy to advocate for that passion,” Sarah elaborated.

“Having suffered from PTSD, I do have an appreciation of people living with a disability. In my case, nobody could really pick that I was not well, and that’s the thing about disability that I really appreciate and understand; it can be invisible.”

This is what she has to say about running as a candidate for Miss World Australia.

“I am privileged to have this fortunate opportunity to stand for the Jewish cause in this social capacity as possible Ambassador for Australia. Miss World is about beauty with a purpose and supports and empowers women to take a stand on social issues and lead a humanitarian life.

I am a survivor of PTSD and have lived with disability and recovered with the aid of support from generous funding from within the community to make a full recovery. A lot of these children I am raising money for are extremely vulnerable and rely on specialised treatment that is not accessible and requires funding by the generosity of the public to improve the condition and lives of Aussie kids living with disabilities, special needs and social disadvantage.

I know what it is like to live with a disability and have been in their shoes and empathise with our Aussie kids. I want to make a difference through raising money for a cause I believe in, promote and advocate for and that is disability in our local community. I require support to achieve a considerable target to reduce the suffering and pain and make the dream come true for at least one of our Aussie kids that deserve our support.

Miss World Australia, is looking for a compassionate, beautiful heart successor for 2019. For the Jewish community, it would be a privilege to take on the issues of Australia and our issues. I have seen the drought first hand out in the countryside in my recent travels over the last two months and connected to the Ezidi community to welcome them to our beautiful country Australia.

I am dedicated to the betterment in any capacity of serving the Jewish people with our values and ethics of Tikkun Olam. I also wish to enhance Australian society and make the world an improved and healthier place through striving to do that which is decent and virtuous in our world.

I have spent my time out in the country with the Ezidi (Yazidi) population. It was very important for me to connect to the Ezidi community and to make them feel welcome in adjusting to life in Australia.

Ezidi families have been relocating to Australia within the last 2 years, with as many as 700 families to date in a year moving into Armidale NSW. These families all live with trauma, due to the sheer devastation of the abuses of their human rights.

I also travelled to Toowoomba where other Ezidi families are being resettled. I was received warmly by the Ezidi people, despite unfolding political tensions on my visit. I am passionate about serving the community and helping others in society. I appreciate the social support to have a good chance to represent Australia and the Jewish community in the upcoming finals.”

Sarah is seeking sponsors and help to organise her fundraising events. So, if you are able to help her in any way to reach her target you can email her at mail.sarahisaac@gmail.com

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