In an impressive humanitarian move the new Miss Tibet, Tenzing Lhamo, has donated her prize money to help support Tibetan activism causes. On Feb. 14, 2013, the Tibet Sun reported, New Miss Tibet donates prize money for Tibetan activism. The new Miss Tibet 2013, Tenzing Lhamo, has officially announced the donation of her prize money
to two Tibetan organizations. In Bangalore outgoing Miss Tibet Tenzin Yangkyi passed on the crown to Lhamo in a simple coronation ceremony.
Along with the Miss Tibet title Lhamo received prize money of one lakh rupees, which is approximately $2000 U.S. The ceremony began with a minute’s silence in order to honor Tibetan heroes who sacrificed their lives for the Tibetan cause. Tenzing Lhamo, who was the only one to apply and who won the title, spoke about the self- immolations in Tibet and her firm commitment to work for a free Tibet. Tenzing Lhamo has said, “As the new Miss Tibet, I pledge to do everything in my capabilities for the cause of Tibet, and I’d like to encourage the Tibetan youngsters living outside of Tibet to step forward too. We cannot sit idle when our brothers and sisters in Tibet are dying daily.”
The new Miss Tibet also said, “Tibetans in Tibet are burning their bodies, and that fire has ignited flames in the heartstrings of Tibetans everywhere. Now we urge the heads of free nations including the US, UK, India, and elsewhere to stand up for the Tibetan cause. Because being mere spectators in the demolition of humanity in Tibet is being as responsible for it as the oppressors.” She has announced the donation of the prize money to Regional Tibetan Youth Congress in Madison, Wisconsin, and Students for a Free Tibet in New York.