I am thrilled beyond belief to have just been informed by the Director of Mrs Australia International that I have been chosen as Mrs Australia 2015!!! I was selected as the at large winner from over 200 applications and will be traveling to Jacksonville, Florida this coming July. I will be joined by fellow queens, Ruby Adamson (Miss Teen Australia) and Deedee Zibara (Miss Australia).
To top it off! I am also the first beauty queen to be crowned at 35 weeks pregnant (due February 4th with my second child). We originally planned on having a celebratory stage crowning in front of our family and friends soon after we were announced as the winners but due to my expanding belly, : ) we will be holding a such an event at the end of February to ensure my baby boy is well and truly here. With great power comes great responsibility so in the mean time I will be carrying out my duties at Mrs Australia with 'baby on board'.
Words can not express how honored I am to have received this title. Being Mrs Australia gives me an incredible opportunity to reach out to the community and raise awareness and funds for a charity very close to my heart.
For the past 6 years I have been a volunteer for Look Good Feel Better, a community based program dedicated to teaching cancer patients how to better manage the appearance related side effects caused by cancer treatments. All volunteers for Look Good Feel Better are qualified beauty therapists, makeup artists, or hair dresser and are specially trained and certified for the LGFB program prior to their participation in the workshops. During the sessions we educated patients on skin care, makeup, wigs and head coverings to help them better cope with the changes they may be experiencing with their skin and hair. The workshops are offered at over 180 hospitals across Australia and in over 26 countries across the world. Currently we reach nearly 10,000 people a year, but our goal is to reach out to even more.
As someone who has personally experienced the loss of a loved one from cancer, I can appreciate the affect the program has on the patients who attend. When they walk into the room they know instantly that they are not alone. Each session gives the patients the opportunity to arm themselves with the tools to look their disease in the face with confidence. The patients leave uplifted and inspired ready to take on their disease.
I can't wait to see where this journey takes me! Watch this space.