Tweed's 2015 Charity Queen is announced
The 60th Tweed Valley Banana Festival 2015 Charity Queen has been announced at a gala dinner on Thursday night at the Tweed River Jockey Club, Murwillumbah.
Amy Partridge, sponsored by the Apex Club of Murwillumbah, raised more than $11,000 for Tweed Palliative Support and Wedgetail Hospice Retreat.
She told the Tweed Daily News she was feeling "nervous" and "excited" following her win, before a strong crowd of more than 150 festival supporters.
"It was a lot of hard work to raise the money," she said.
Teen Queen Jodie Swift Devine and Queen entrant Brooke Magnum were given the Chaperone's award, for their graciousness at outings and positive influence on Princesses.
This year all Queen entrants took up the option of fundraising for the community, raising over $27,000 towards Tweed non-profits.
Rhiannon Francis was awarded the Raffle Award for selling the most tickets, raising more than $5000 for the Murwillumbah District Hospital children's ward.
Queen entrant Nalani Cora donated over $1000 to the Tweed Valley Women's Service, which coordinates emergency services for women that are victims of domestic violence.
Candace Lee, a local disability worker, raised $2735 for the autism spectrum services at the Murwillumbah High School Special Education Unit.
The Queen, Teen Queen and Miss Personality will be crowned on Saturday after the float parade down Main Street, Murwillumbah, which starts at midday.