Grace crowned Pinefest Ambassador
ONE look at Grace Scantlebury's dog and you know exactly why she is so passionate about animal aid.
The 27-year-old was crowned this year's Pinefest Ambassador on Saturday night, after raising a massive $10,950 for charity.
Half of the money will go towards the Lion's Club, while the other goes to her charity of choice, Four Paws Adoption and Education.
"I have a soft spot for animals," Grace said yesterday after taking pride of place in the Pinefest Parade.
"I love my dogs so I would do anything for them. We want to take the burden off the pound and other welfare charities... I just wanted to do as much as I can."
For her fundraising efforts, Grace also took home the charity award.
It was well earned, with the Yeppoon pharmacist holding high tea events, dinner parties, bake sales and sausage sizzles for the better part of this year.
Grace said she had been a resident of Yeppoon for five years now, after relocating from the Gold Coast for work.
She said she hasn't looked back, and credited the days after Cyclone Marcia as her inspiration for entering the annual ambassador quest.
"When the cyclone happened I saw how well the community came together, and I just wanted to get more involved and do as much as I can help out," Grace said.
"It's a great place to live; the coastal lifestyle is something I enjoy.
"The small town vibe is very rewarding as well."
Grace was accompanied by her dog, who had a lovely time eating the decorative seashells, on her beach-themed Pinefest float.
She was greeted by a crowd of thousands as people from all around the region flocked to the coast to soak up the best of what Pinefest had to offer.
The market stalls were moved to Anzac Parade from the beachfront due to the ongoing construction of the new water play area.