CQUniversity teaching student makes Lions quest final
ROCKHAMPTON'S Erika Small has her heart set on winning the Lions Medical Research Personality Quest.
And after winning Miss Personality and Miss Highest District Fundraiser in the preliminary finals last month in Bargara, she is well on her way to taking out the crown.
Erika, 20, said she didn't expect to win both titles and go on to the grand final.
"I went through a day of judging and interviews with a panel of three judges about why I entered the competition, my fundraising ventures and my favourite thing about the competition.
"The judges then delivered the verdict and I won both the highest district fundraiser and the personality winner which ultimately got me into the grand final in two weeks' time. I wasn't really nervous throughout the day which was good and I was just so happy when I won."
The CQUniversity teaching student said she had always loved volunteering and helping people out.
"The role of Rockhampton's Personality Quest entrant has given me a further opportunity to grow as a person, a public speaker and to help a great cause as the research of today could be the cure of tomorrow. I believe I was the personality winner because I have always found it easy to talk to new people and share all my knowledge about the quest.
"I did a lot of fundraising throughout the year with the help of my sponsors and the Lion's Clubs from across the region, I raised a high amount of money which I'm really proud of and I'm really looking forward to competing in the grand final."
The amount of funds Erika raised was not allowed to be published until after the grand final.
Erika will compete in the Lions Medical Research Personality Quest Grand Final on June 20.
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