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Monday 22 September 2014

Roz Purcell swapping catwalk for charity as she jets to Syrian refugee camp

Published 15/05/2014 | 08:02

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Roz Purcell
Roz Purcell

Top model Roz Purcell is to swap the catwalk for charity and take on her toughest assignment yet.

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The Tipperary native will head off to Jordan next week to help Syrian families in a refugee camp.

Former Miss Universe Ireland winner Roz will travel with retired rugby player Marcus Horan as part of World Vision’s Survive to Five campaign, which aims to provide aid and clean water to thousands of people fleeing war.

The 23-year-old told the Herald she is feeling apprehensive about the upcoming experience.

“This is the scariest thing I’ve ever done, and it will be hard not get emotional,” the AR beauty said.

“I can’t say it won’t be nerve-wrecking because it 
absolutely will be.

“Even talking about going over, I got a bit upset watching the videos and it will be hard keeping a level head because it’s my job to come back and raise awareness about what’s going on there. But I’ve never been to that part of the world so that’s exciting.”

Roz, who is dating The Voice of Ireland coach Bressie, is currently in training and will take on a triathlon in Austria with her other half within days of returning from Jordan.

“I’m going to have to keep up the workouts in some way over in Jordan,” she said.

“I might have to do laps around the camp because it was a case where my trainer said, No, you’re not allowed to go’, and I said, I’m going’.

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“This week I’ve been squeezing the last bit of training wherever I can and I think it might benefit me in the end.”

With so much time spent running and cycling lately, Roz has been allowed to eat whatever she wants.

“It’s amazing considering what I do to be able to eat whatever I want and not have to worry about it,” she said.

However, she admitted she’s dreading her post-triathlon diet.

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“I definitely will not enjoy trying to give up all the carbs and sugar I’ve been eating while training, it’s going to be very tough,” she said.

And there’ll be no sightseeing in Austria as Roz has been booked in for a string of jobs by her agent, Andrea Roche.

“It’s a really busy time, so I have to come home the next day,” she said.

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