Bright Spots: Ms. Senior Alabama is More Than Just a Crown

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“I had no idea that I would win,” Ms. Senior Alabama Cindy Dixon said. “I was just like, ‘this didn’t happen. I just won…what?’ ”
<div></div><p>Dixon will be the first to tell you there’s a lot more to her title as Ms. Senior Alabama than just looking pretty and wearing a crown.</p><div></div><p>“I thought and I think some people still do think that it is fluff,” she said. “It is hard work. And it means that you are determined and that you are goal oriented. Whatever that goal may be, it means you are goal oriented, and you must fulfill it. For me, I was able to do a platform, bucket by bucket. “</p><div></div><p><a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Bucket by Bucket</a> is a nonprofit that uses its funds to drill wells and provide clean, fresh water to people in Tanzania.</p><p>As Ms. Senior Alabama and first alternate to Ms. Senior World, Dixon has used her platform to advocate for this need close to her heart.</p><div></div><p>“The need is water,” she said.</p><div></div><p>Dixon told WVUA 23 Reporter Chelsea Barton it costs anywhere between $12,000 to $15,000 to drill one well. Bucket by Bucket has already financed 10 wells in Tanzania, and one is in the works.</p><div></div><p>“The Tanzanian Government has requested that we drill a well at a school,” Dixon said. “The next one is going to be at an elementary school. Our children go to school and we expect them to be safe and have all the amenities that they need. They don’t have water at many of their elementary schools. It takes about three hours a day to be the water gatherer. Little girls are designated as water gatherers. I am not okay with that. I want the children to be educated.”</p><div></div><p>Ms. Senior Alabama may be giving up her crown later this year but says what she’s gained from her title can never be replaced.</p><div></div><p>“I would not have gotten that chance to see so many people to talk about that I am passionate about had I not been in the pageant world,” Dixon said. “It’s a means to do good things. It takes time to grow, but we have put in 10 wells and that is amazing. It’s a big deal and if we can put these wells in, people are going to have a richer life.”</p>

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