Amelia and Clare raise more than $17,000 for local charities

Months of charity fund raising came to a fruitful close on Wednesday when the two 2018 National Cherry Festival Queen entrants presented cheques to their charities.

At the start of the quest for the crown in August, entrants Amelia Everdell and Clare Grantham all expressed a passion to support their chosen charities.

Amelia raised funds for the Boorowa/Young CanAssist and Clare supported Young Community Chest.

The cheque handover took place at the National Cherry Festival committee debrief meeting on Wednesday night which was attended by members of the committee and the wider community.

During the handover, festival committee president Caitlin Sheehan congratulated each girl for her contribution to the festival, her charity and the wider community.

Fund raising events organised by the entrants included a movie nights, high teas, barefoot bowls night, a golf day, fashion parade, masquerade dinner dance and a 100 club.

A total of $17,069.84 was raised, with a percentage donated to the National Cherry Festival for the event.

“The competition is an important part of this overall festival and is open to both men and women, married or single, who are 18 years of age or over,” Cherry Queen coordinator Caitlin Sheehan said.

“Involvement can help lift the public profile of an organisation, establish a fundraising platform and can lead to new experiences and opportunities for candidates.”

This year’s Cherry Queen and Charity Queen title went to Amelia while Clare was named Cherry Princess.

“This journey is one I will never forget,” Amelia Everdell said.

The committee encourages more people to consider entering and raising money for a local charity or organisation next year.

To get involved contact the Young Visitor Information Centre on 6382 3394 for more details.