“I COULDN’T imagine a better community to live in”.
Those were the words of 2018 Leeton SunRice Festival Ambassador Lauren Brett who was overwhelmed to have taken home the title on Saturday afternoon.
Joining her on the winner’s list was April Mickan who was named the 2018 Leeton SunRice Festival Fundraising Ambassador.
It has been a long and tiring Ambassador Quest for the pair, as well as fellow entrants Jay Bloomfield and Isabella Mercuri.
The four have spent the last four months out and about in the community raising money for their charities.
Overall $67,000 was raised by the group throughout the process.
That money will now be distributed back their individual charities, with their committees and other community groups to also be given a slice of the funding pie.
Speaking after the announcement, Miss Brett said she couldn’t be more proud to be a Leeton resident.
“It’s just amazing … I can’t believe it,” she said.
“It’s just been such a good experience for me. My committee have just been fantastic.
“I couldn’t have done it without them or without the support of the community.”
Both Miss Brett and Miss Mickan have now scored themselves travel vouchers worth $3500 for a trip of their choice.
Miss Mickan has lived in Leeton since she was five and said she always knew the community was generous.
“I always knew how generous people here were, but I didn’t expect it to be this big,” she said.
“This is just amazing. When I heard the last ambassador quest raised I think $57,000, I didn’t think we would even get close.
“That’s a lot of money, so to raise $67,000 between the four of us, that’s fantastic.
“This means so much to me. I can’t thank my family and my committee so much.”
Both would like to see more residents take up the challenge for the 2020 festival.
“Definitely give it a go … it’s so worth it and it’s such a good opportunity to give back,” Miss Brett said.
“I was a bit hesitant to start with, but you won’t regret it,” Miss Mickan said. “It’s a great experience.”
- 2018 Ambassador: Lauren Brett
- 2018 Fundraising Ambassador: April Mickan
- Money raised by all four entrants: $67,000
- Entrant charities and committees: Leeton Can Assist and Parkview Public School (Lauren Brett), Kurrajong Waratah and SunRice (April Mickan), Gralee School and Light Up Leeton (Isabella Mercuri), and MIA branch of MS Australia and Leeton Soldiers Club (Jay Bloomfield).