The Power of personality
Beth Power was named Miss Pin Up Australia last year, but it's her personality rather than her good looks she's now using to raise money for important medical research.
Twenty-year-old Beth was chosen by the Lismore Lions Club to compete in the Miss Personality Quest and has now started fundraising for the Lions Medical Research Foundation, which undertakes cutting-edge scientific research, with treating cancer and preventing brain damage in newborns amongst its many projects.
Beth has until May to raise as much money as she can and will then attend a preliminary final with 36 other contestants who are all in the running for the title of Miss Charity (the girl who raises the most dollars) and Miss Personality (the girl who demonstrates a great attitude).
"I was just so happy they chose me," Beth said. "My mum has always done fundraising for breast cancer but I've never done anything on my own, I've always just helped her out. I started my own beauty salon (Glamdoll in Lismore) when I was 17 and won Miss Pin Up Australia so I guess they saw that I was good at achieving goals in life - I really hope I can achieve this one as well!"
Beth's first major fundraiser is a bridal expo and fashion parade on Sunday, February 26, at the Lismore Workers Club. There will be lots of stalls where brides-to-be can find everything they need for their wedding - from the catering to the flowers, the reception venue and all-important gown, photography and everything else right down to shoes, jewellery and make-up.
Doors open at 10am and there will be a fashion parade at noon. There will also be lots of giveaways throughout the day and Beth's mum, Janelle Power from Mary Vidler Bridal, has kindly donated a wedding dress to raffle. Janelle knows different girls have different tastes, so the winner can choose from one of six glamorous wedding gowns.
Entry to the event is only $5 and everyone is welcome.
Beth also has plans for future fundraising events, including a car raffle with a Mazda 3 as first prize (tickets on sale at Lismore Square from March 5), a BBQ at Dan Murphy's on March 17, and an old time dance in Alstonville in April. She is also hoping to organise a dog show in Lismore.