On a mission to inspire

A FAMILY AFFAIR: "I would not have had the courage to enter the pageant without the support of my beautiful family," Mrs Nair said.

A FAMILY AFFAIR: "I would not have had the courage to enter the pageant without the support of my beautiful family," Mrs Nair said.

“We almost lost Sarah when she was very ill with Ewing Sarcoma. When things like that happen you forget the materialistic things in life and realise how important life itself is and cherish everyday,” Kathryn Nair of Marsden Park said.

The mother of four said the various events in her life has lead her to where she is now – a finalist in the Mrs., Miss & Miss Teen Australia International pageant – all thanks to her family.

The 34-year-old lost her mother to cancer when she was just a young girl, was bullied in many of her childhood years and nursed her third youngest daughter, Sarah, through Ewing Sarcoma cancer. After a long battle in and out of hospitals, her family is now celebrating Sarah’s full recovery.

“I would have never entered the competition. It was my daughter who encouraged me to do it and gave me the strength to step outside my comfort zone,” Mrs Nair said.

“When I was a young girl I was bullied a lot and was told I looked like a man. It really took a toll on my self esteem.”

Mrs Nair is the first woman of Indian heritage to be nominated as a Mrs Australia finalist in the pageant. She said as a former model and business owner she is committed to spreading the message about the value of women and what they can offer in both business and non-profit organisations.

“I’m an active volunteer and believe people should help one another,” she enthused.

Mrs Nair recently returned from a trip to India, where she partnered with Vision Rescue to deliver food and education to the people in the slums of Mumbai.

“I believe we are so lucky to live in Australia and have the rights a lot of women internationally are not entitled to,” she said.

“Volunteering is my way of saying ‘thank you Australia for a safe home’ and giving back to people who are less fortunate.”

Motivated by her immediate family’s battle with cancer, Mrs Nair said she is representing Australia on behalf of women and children currently facing similar challenges.

On October 22, she will host a fundraising dinner and dance at the Parra Villa Function Centre to honour the work of the Starlight Children’s foundation, who aim to bring happiness to the lives of sick kids and who also helped her family through their rough time.

Details: 6.30pm – 10.30pm on Friday, October 22 at Parra Villa Function Centre, 42 Campbell Street, Parramatta. For more information, visit: facebook.com/events/1080465398716709/

Kathryn Nair

Kathryn Nair