Former beauty queen Cecilia Mwangi took her place on the Olympic Torch Relay as a Torchbearer carrying the Olympic Flame, early this week.
Cecilia’s task was to carry the Flame from her set slot in Solihull town for 400m and hand it to the next Torchbearer in line.
The Miss World Kenya winner spoke to Hot Secretz about her experience. She said, “I was Torchbearer number 40, I got the Flame from a British man who has a charity that helps brain tumor patients in his community. I then gave it to a British university student who was chosen because of his efforts to help his community.”
She continued: “The streets were filled with people from early morning and they cheered me along even though they did not know who I was, that didn’t matter.Being here has helped me network and meet other philanthropist and get to learn more about what they are doing and share in our successes and challenges.”
Ahadi Kenya Executive Director, Dr. Stanley Kamau, who, accompanied Cecilia to London said, “This is a good platform to create international awareness on the jigger menace since the whole relay was being televised live on BBC. This will encourage everyone to consider this as a serious issue and not an embarrassment after all, we cannot have Olympians with jiggers affecting them.”
Cecilia joined the list of other Kenyan Torchbearer like World Marathon Record Holder Paul Tergat, Executive Director of the Kenya Network of Women With Aids (KENWA), Asunta Wagura, Nakumatt Holdings, Managing Director, Atul (HAKU) Shah and 2010 CNN Heroes Award nominee, Evans Wadongo.
The Olympic Flame arrived in the UK on May 18 and will be carried by 8000 Torchbearers on a 70-day journey across the country.