We arrived back in Australia from Europe on Wednesday 5th. Less than 24 hours after arriving back in Wagga (and suffering from jetlag) we were straight back on the radio for our regular monthly interviews on StarFM and 2WG. Unfortunately, there is now only one more radio interview remaining before we hand over our titles on Saturday 5th November.
Once we were finished our radio interviews, we headed to Little Big Day Out 2016 at the Civic Theatre Precinct. This was such a fun morning and it was great to see so many children out in the beautiful sunshine enjoying themselves. The children loved having the opportunity to sit on the MWWQ throne with a sash and tiara to have their photo taken.
The entrants had their final MWWQ event for the year on Saturday 8th – The High Tea. There was a fantastic turnout, with over 160 people attending the event to hear Gold Medalist Alicia Quirk talk as the guest speaker. Alicia is a wonderful ambassador for our city and it was a great to hear her inspiring story.
We attended a Mayoral Reception on Tuesday 11th to honour the State President of the CWA of NSW, Mrs. Annette Turner, and to celebrate the 90th Country Women’s Association Conference in the Riverina. We always find attending Mayoral Receptions fascinating as we always learn something new. For instance, we never realised that the CWA were responsible for the painting of white lines on country roadsides in addition to the installation of reflective ‘cats-eyes’.
It was a beautiful sunny morning on Sunday 16th for Walk to D’Feet MND, raising funds and awareness for Motor Neurone Disease Association NSW. We helped to sell merchandise and refreshments. Melissa was asked by the organisers to read a very touching poem to the participants prior to commencing the walk.
We attended another Mayoral Reception on Sunday 16th to honour the International Fellowship of Cricket Loving Rotarians (IFCR). It was a large and very diverse crowd; with attendees from places such as India and The United Kingdom.
We headed back to Legacy House on Tuesday 18th to talk to the ladies at the Laurel Club Luncheon about our exciting adventures in Nördlingen. We have enjoyed sharing our journey with other people and this opportunity was no different.
Melissa has been keen to establish a MWWQ blood donor group this year. It has been wonderful to have the entrants come on board so enthusiastically to donate. We had our second group blood donation on Tuesday 18th of October and we are already locked in for our third donation in January.
Melissa also attended The Teddy Bear’s Picnic on Sunday 30th of October with the MWWQ entrants. It was an enjoyable morning with all proceeds made going to Ronald McDonald House. The entrants did a fantastic job face-painting while Melissa had fun judging the 'best dressed teddy' and the 'most loved teddy' in the teddy bear parade.
We would once again like to thank everyone who has followed our blog and supported us on this amazing journey. It truly has been a once in a lifetime experience in which we have been extremely lucky to be a part of. We would also like to wish the new titleholders all the very best as they embark on their exciting new journey in 2017!!
- Miss Wagga Wagga and Community Princess xx
NOTE: On Behalf of the MWWQ Committee we would like to thank Melissa & Megan for their outstanding commitment to their roles throughout the year. Our next blog will feature the new title holders and their experiences as they begin their journey in our very special 70th year of the Quest.