Charity benefits from Sabrina's success

4 October 2006

Sabrina Houssami at the University of Sydney
Sabrina Houssami at the University of Sydney

Sabrina Houssami, a 20-year-old University of Sydney student, has come third in the Miss World contest.

The second year liberal arts student raised $1.2 million on her way to the pageant finals in Poland last weekend. She is now planning a career as a television journalist, which she hopes to use as a platform to raise awareness about human rights issues.

She is currently studying Arabic, statistics and psychology. She already speaks Hindi - her mother is Indian and she has often visited New Delhi. But learning Arabic is giving her an insight into her father's Lebanese Muslim culture.

Houssami said she loves the "diversity of culture" at Sydney University. "You always see mixed groups of people walking together."

Her current charity is The Astara Angels Charity, which is raising funds to build an orphanage for abandoned Indian girls in Rishikesh, at the foothills of the Indian Himalayas.

Contact: Kath Kenny

Phone: 02 9351 2261