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Before the final countdown to the international leg of Miss Universe begins, Australian titleholder Perth's Renae Ayris will kick off summer in her home State by hosting a sold-out charity event on Friday night.

Benefitting children's charity ToyBox, for which Ayris is the ambassador, Sounds Like Summer will take place on the Matilda Bay foreshore in a purpose-built marquee and offer patrons the chance to rub shoulders with the Connolly beauty.

Ayris told Access All Areas she had been enjoying the many opportunities to mingle with new faces since being crowned Miss Universe Australia in June.

"I am loving all the work I am doing and feeling really lucky that I get to travel everywhere, work in new places and meet different people," the 21-year-old said.

Sounds Like Summer will mark one of Ayris' last local appearances before she heads to the US for the 2012 Miss Universe pageant in December.

After months of speculation and delays, the event was recently revealed to be taking place in Las Vegas rather than the Dominican Republic as previously expected.

Ayris said her family and friends would be going to show their support.

"I think there's about 10 people going over," she said. "I have a little cheer squad so that will be good."

In the lead-up to the event, Miss Universe Australia has launched a competition with Seven breakfast show Sunrise inviting members of the public to submit designs for the always controversial national costume which is meant to represent what it is to be Australian.

The top four submissions will be shown on November 13 and viewers will vote on the final design for Ayris to wear in the competition.

Ayris said she was not worried about wearing the work of a lesser-known designer rather than an established brand as was the case in previous years.

"I have heard on the grapevine that the four that have been chosen for the public to pick are all great," she said. "I am confident about it."

The West Australian

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