I often get asked how do you find the time in your busy schedule to be an Entrant in the Miss Wagga Wagga Quest? A wise man once told me, give a busy person a job and they will always find time. That is me! I have a very busy schedule, but I always find time for the fun things we have all been up to.
In May we all pulled together heading down to the Wagga Wagga Marketplace to gift wrap for Mothers Day. We were able to rally together friends, family members and the wonderful Miss Wagga Wagga Quest Committee to come down and help out where they could. This was our first fundraiser, and a few days later we were out at CSU for a Meat Tasting. Organising 60 people to sit down and taste meat for an hour, we held a raffle and lucky door prize. This is where two people won a ticket to our upcoming Trivia Night on Friday 29 July.
We sold meat raffle tickets at the Union Club Hotel on Friday nights in May and June. This was an excellent way for us to meet the public and get to know each other a bit better.
While all these exciting things were going on, I was the third Entrant up to talk to Leigh from 2MMM where we discussed all things MWWQ. This was fun, but also a learning curve for myself. While microphones scare me "who knows why" but I was sitting there talking and everything came with ease.
One question Leigh asked was, "why did you join the Miss Wagga Wagga Quest?" And this was simple. I joined the Quest for 2023 after watching the self-growth and confidence in the girls throughout the events I attended in support of Jessikah McCarthy last year.
While at the Trivia, the second time I had met Ali Tanner, she walked up to me and said "you'd be a fabulous Entrant next year" and I was quick to say "oh no I don't think its for me". Both Jess and Ali smiled and responded, "we'll see".
Lying in bed one night I got thinking to myself what do I want to achieve next year and I jumped on the computer and filled out the application. There was no going back then as when I commit to something I don't back out.
I am very grateful for my choice, as this has been the most amazing journey so far.
I have now made life long friends with these girls who I call family. My personal confidence has grown so much over these past few months and I can't wait to see where the rest of the Quest takes me and offers to us all.
- Ashlee Janic
Miss Wagga Wagga Quest 2023 Entrant