Bubbles Barbierato (LEFT) has big fundraising plans for the Warwick Showgirl Quest and Zoe Hunt (RIGHT) is brainstorming original ideas.
Bubbles Barbierato (LEFT) has big fundraising plans for the Warwick Showgirl Quest and Zoe Hunt (RIGHT) is brainstorming original ideas.

Showgirls begin fundraising

WARWICK Showgirl Quest junior entrants have been working non-stop on their fundraising to prepare for the 2011 show.

The three entrants, Annelise Mickan, 17, Bubbles Barbierato, 13, and Zoe Hunt, 14, have had great support from local businesses, which have been generous with donations.

Big W, Millers, Showtime Saddlery and Glamorous Brides are just some that have jumped on board.

Ann Mickan, mother of entrant Annelise, says participation in the show is a great way to get involved with the community.

“She watched the show last year and by the end of the night she decided, ‘I want to do that’,” Ann said.

“She’s really excited. We moved here a couple of years ago and she finds it a lovely town. She wants to stay here after high school.”

Sponsored by Big W, Annelise plans to host a large raffle, selling tickets around Rose City.

Unfortunately, things haven’t gone as smoothly for entrant Zoe Hunt, who hit a hurdle when wet weather caused the cancellation of her Hack Show, which was her main fundraising event.

Zoe, who starts Year 10 this year, is brainstorming original fundraising ideas.

Youngest entrant Bubbles Barbierato, is well underway with her planning, hoping to raise $5000 with a fashion parade, cent sale and auction.

“Everyone has been really supportive. A lot of people don’t expect the big names to donate but you don’t know until you ask,” Bubbles’ aunt, Christine, said.

“Millers have been really good, even making flyers for the fashion show to hand out to the public.”

An assortment of items will be up for grabs, including a football signed by the Broncos and movie tickets, thanks to Warwick Twin Cinemas.

And, if you are keen, ladies, local rodeo clown Danny Roberts will auction himself off.

The event will take place at the showground pavilion on Saturday, January 22, at 4.30pm with a $5 entry fee.

Last year’s winner, Kelsey Burt, speaks highly of the competition, saying it’s a great experience.

“It’s a great way to build on your confidence as well as public speaking and personal skills,” she said. “Also, it’s a great way to help out the community.”

Kelsey and last year’s runner-up Jessica O’Brien will be at the Rose City Shoppingworld from 9am today, handing out entry forms and discounted show tickets.

Entries close on February 25 for the 2011 Warwick Showgirl Quest, with the chance to win prizes and compete at a Darling Downs level.

Entry forms are available at www.warwickshow.com.au or by calling 4661 9927.


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