Could a CQ girl be the first Mrs Earth Australia?
CRYSTAL Sweeney is no stranger when it comes to helping the wider community.
As a former national finalist in the Mrs Galaxy Quest earlier this year, the 25-year-old Gracemere mother has her eyes set on another crown at the in the inaugural Miss Earth Australia Pageant.
The pageant is an internationally recognised event promoting renovation, restoration, conservation and education of earth's inhabitants and natural resources.
Crystal said the pageant was the perfect opportunity for her to share her passion for the environment with the wider community as the only contestant in Central Queensland. She had been automatically been placed as a national finalist in its first year the pageant has run.
"I was approached via my social media and asked if I would like to be a part of the quest," she said.
"I chose to take part in the quest because I think the environment and conservation is extremely important. I also believe in using kindness and education as important steps to better our future."
Between now and March 2017, Crystal will be planning and fundraising to promote her chosen charities for the quest: WWF and Soles for Souls, on top of assisting community organisations when available.
"I have created a Facebook page: Crystal Sweeney Mrs Earth Australia National Finalist 2017 to inform followers, family and friends of the activities and initiatives on the go to build the support," she said.
"I would also like to say a big thank you to my wonderful sponsor Vanessa Eyles Photography, who will be helping me with my promotions and fundraising throughout the duration of this quest."
Crystal said Mrs Earth Australia contestants were encouraged to promote and fundraise for the good of the planet and the pageant itself is to find a delegate who will represent Australia in the US, who was confident, intelligent and committed to family, community and country.
Having spent a large portion of her life living in Gracemere (since 2003), Crystal said she embraced the small-town closeness of the township.
"Gracemere offers great friendships and a great willingness to help others," she said.
"The town itself is a great place to grow up and has many wonderful parks and schools. Life is better living it and loving it by helping others, creating happiness and feeling happiness."
In her down time, which she has very little of between her university studies, nursing and motherhood, she said she enjoyed taking her son, Reuben (4), out exploring an showing him the wonders of life through sailing, camping, or simply visiting the local parks and surrounding areas.