It’s been a sparkling year for 25-year-old Karenza De Leon from Quakers Hill who has just been crowned Miss Charity Queen Australia during a gala event in Perth held by Charity Pageants Australia.
The recognition for her huge portfolio of charity work and causes she is involved in follows closely on the national award she received in Cairns from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia for Outstanding Youth Contribution and her work with Alive 90.5 .
Karenza, who teaches pre-schoolers and also tutors, spends her spare time helping others, whether it’s baking cakes for fundraising stalls, organising gala events, being an MC and helping the homeless with food and clothes.
She told the Hills to Hawkesbury Community News: “When I was young, I decided wholeheartedly that I wanted to dedicate my life to helping those in need.
“Charity and volunteer work has become a part of my lifestyle and a major part of who I am, so that is why winning the title of Miss Charity Australia has been such an incredible honour and a very meaningful achievement. “
As well as being vice President of the Powerful Empowered Women fundraising group, Karenza is also ambassador for the Shining Light Foundation which works with the homeless and for the SuperTee charity which supplies special super hero T-shirts to sick children in hospital. She also volunteers with Carevan Blacktown.
Last ye ar Karenza had her 85cms long waist-length hair cut off to raise money for the Cancer Council at the Hills Relay For Life, one of numerous fundraisers she has done for various charities, including raising funds for typhoon victims in the Philippines. Karenza is also a member of the youth service group, Hills Rotaract.
Karenza is on the Board of local radio station Alive 90.5 and co-hosts the Positive Energy Show, every Saturday from 8am to 10am with Andsley Dennis (pictured with Karenza at the CBAA awards ceremony).
To round out the trifecta, Karenza is a finalist in the Western Sydney Young Woman of the Year 2022 Awards which are being held on the 30th of November. Her message to young people is: “Take the time to be kind to yourself. I believe everyone has that sense of self- doubt that hinders them from reaching further than their potential, but when you try each and every day to practice being kinder to yourself, it slowly becomes easier to believe in yourself and to support your own self and pick yourself back up when you fall down.”