Fundraising close to Keeley's heart
WATCHING a family member's battle with cancer motivated Keeley Wallace to enter the Yeppoon Lions Club Pinefest Ambassador Quest.
Keeley, of Yeppoon, said she wanted to enter in the quest so she could have an opportunity to fundraise for a cause that's close to her heart.
"I became an Ambassador entrant because I wanted an opportunity to get involved with the community and fundraise for The Leukaemia Foundation," the 18-year-old said.
"My great uncle was affected by this disease which was my main motivation for becoming an entrant.
"I also wanted to raise funds for causes that would benefit the community like the Capricorn Coast Hospital and Health Service. I've raised $8000 in total which will be divided between the two charities."
The former Yeppoon State High School student has held a range of fundraising events throughout her time as an entrant.
"I held a golf day, art auction and cocktail night and State of Origin fundraiser as well as selling raffle tickets for donated prizes," she said.
"By getting involved with community activities, young men and women can come into contact with positive adult role models other than their parents.
"Interacting with other adults encourages teenagers to put their experiences and values into a wider context."
Keeley is hoping to become the Pinefest Ambassador so she can become more involved in her community and expand her horizons.
The Pinefest Entrant is currently in her first year of studying nursing at CQUniversity.