On June 1st, Melissa attended an Australia Day Committee Meeting. The Australia Day Committee is responsible for organising all of the Australia Day events each year including the Australia Day Award’s Ceremony and the Citizenship Ceremony. Melissa is looking forward to working with this dynamic team to organise Australia Day 2017! Melissa was also invited to attend a Respect Awareness Committee Meeting on June 14th. This is a wonderful group dedicated to spreading awareness about Respect in our local community. The committee is currently working on their preparation for Respect Week 2016 (November 19th-26th).
Melissa attended the Official Cheque Handover for Wagga Wagga Takes 2 (WWT2) 2016 on June 2nd. Her dream was to raise $10,000 for her chosen charity; Kurrajong Early Childhood Intervention Service (KEIS). As you can imagine, Melissa was beyond thrilled to present KEIS with a cheque for $22,527.48 at the conclusion of WWT2!! This money is currently being used to purchase resources, equipment and furniture to help children who have a disability or developmental delay. Overall the twelve acts in WWT2 2016 raised an astounding $553,758.71 for local charities in Wagga Wagga!!
On June 7th, Melissa went on Star FM and 2WG for our monthly titleholder interviews. Our next radio interviews will be this Monday 4th August. We will both be speaking to Whitto & Ash on Star FM at 7:20am and Pottsy & Leighton on 2WG at 7:40am – so please tune in to hear all about our adventures and upcoming events!
Blood Donor Week 2016 fell in the month of June and we were keen to raise awareness for this important cause. On June 17th, Melissa and some of the new 2017 MWWQ entrants went to the Australian Red Cross Blood Service to donate blood. For some of us, it was our very first time donating blood – however we wanted to make a difference and potentially save a life! Did you know that only 1 in 30 Australians give blood – but 1 in 3 Australians will need blood in their lifetime? Win TV came to do a story on our Blood Donor Week donations which was then followed by an interview on ABC radio with Melissa and 2017 MWWQ entrant Katharine Graham. Overall it was a fantastic experience – plus the milkshakes and cookies were definitely worth it!
The 2017 MWWQ Entrants hosted their first fundraiser on June 18th – a Trivia Night at The Henschke Public School Hall. It was a wonderful night attended by over 300 enthusiastic people! We had a lovely time supporting these beautiful ladies and they should be very proud of their successful night! The MWWQ entrants also have some upcoming fundraising events; a Great Gatsby 1920’s Ball on August 27th and a High Tea on October 8th – so please save the dates! More details to come on the website and Facebook page.
As mentioned in our previous blogs, the Community Princess Foundation is a new initiative that has been launched this year. The foundation provides small grants (to the value of approximately $200) to local charities, sporting groups and individuals who need a hand. Applications for the Community Princess Foundation grants can be found on the MWWQ website.
We would like to continue to join the local community at as many events as possible for the remainder of 2016. If you would like us to attend your special event, please do not hesitate to contact us by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). We welcome every opportunity to be involved in our beautiful community.