This year I joined the Quest to gain a deeper amount of self-confidence, grow as an individual but most importantly give back to local organisations.
Throughout the Quest, I have been fortunate enough to be sponsored by Raine & Horne Real Estate. Starting as a Receptionist, transitioning to Leasing Consultant just two months after starting, to now being a Sales Associate it is fair to say I would not have been able to progress without the team at Raine & Horne. My work colleagues have gone from being strangers, to friends to now my chosen family and I could not think of a better workplace to spend my days with.
We started the month of September off with our third major fundraising event – The Miss Wagga Wagga Quest Entrant’s Barefoot Lawn Bowls. We were lucky enough to have sunshine after a week of rain, and from there we knew it was going to be a great day. Family, friends, sponsors, and community members gathered at the Wagga RSL Club, one of our Gold Sponsors, to support myself and my fellow Entrants. Jez Swan provided live music, and we could not fault him, he was spectacular - be sure to check out his social media pages! The greens were filled with laughter, happiness and smiles from all those involved, everyone cheering on the participants playing. We ended the afternoon with a Bowl Off between Entrants and Beneficiaries, with the one and only Mr Lloyd from the Sarah Lloyd Scholarship Foundation taking out the win. The Miss Wagga Wagga Quest Entrant Lawn Bowl afternoon was a great success, a day of bonding and friendly competition, that I will forever look back on.
The following week we held a free Meat Taste Event, at Charles Sturt University. Although I dislike meat, I managed to sit through the hour and try the 8 samples we were provided with. Although the overall feedback from the individuals who attended was really positive, I can still confirm this has unfortunately not changed my liking for meat. Many individuals came and filled the room to support The Miss Wagga Wagga Quest, and we would like to say a massive thank you to all involved!
Throughout September, we have been holding Raffle Ticket Stalls at the Kooringal Mall and South City to sell raffle tickets for our Major Raffle. The tickets sold not only provide funds for our chosen Beneficiaries, but also enable the community a chance to win incredible prizes that have all been generously donated. The spirit and giving and community support has been evident as individuals continue to buy tickets to contribute to this great cause. Our Major Raffle will be drawn at the Miss Wagga Wagga Quest Entrants sold out High Tea Event, on Sunday 15 October.
Mayor Dallas Tout kindly donated his time one night to conduct a Professional and Personal Development Session, where he spoke about volunteering and the importance of giving back to the community in our own ways. We shared our individual histories and discussed how our families and connections have represented what volunteering and servicing the community means to different individuals.
The Entrants, Committee and I have been busy planning our final event, the famous High Tea. This year, we have come together to host a “Spring Has Sprung” themed High Tea Event, that will be held at The Gumly Hall. This is known to be a popular event, and that was clear with tickets selling out within just a few weeks of being on sale. This event is going to be big, with live music by Harry Mangelsdorf, inspiring guest speakers, spectacular prizes, some delicious treats, and most importantly the draw of our ongoing Major Raffle. We cannot wait! We look forward to seeing those who will be attending and thank you for your continuous support.
At the start of the year, when the Quest first kicked off, I was scared and nervous, it felt like it was going to last forever, however with less than 4 weeks to go, I can confirm that the year has flown and I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my Miss Wagga Wagga Quest experience.
I will be walking away with lifelong skills, memories, and not only friendships, but a family bond.