Warwick Showgirl entrant’s ‘perfect time’
IT’S a prestigious role within the community, and one potential Warwick Showgirl Jessica Carey never thought she would embark on.
Making the entrance age cut-off by just two weeks, Ms Carey said she believes “everything happens at the perfect time.”
“I’ve known about it for years, but I’ve never really been provided with what opportunities there were with it,” she said.
“I’ve done a lot of service work with other areas in town, but the Show and Rodeo Society is one part that I’m really not connected too.
“When I got asked if that was something I would be interested in, it felt really good for me.”
At 28 and the owner of two businesses, the opportunity to connect and network with a different aspect of the community is one that Ms Carey is enjoying.
“It’s a great role in the community for young women in building confidence, in building network, skill bases and public speaking – there’s a lot of advantages to it in being a young woman,” she said.
“I’ve got a little bit of life experience that I can bring to the role as well, I believe.
“You become the face of the community in some respect.”
While fundraising wasn’t a requirement for Showgirl entrants in 2020 due to the severity of the drought, Ms Carey was shocked at the support she’s received from local businesses in a short space of time.
“’I’ve only got 12 days to do fundraising but in two days I’d managed to get 20 business on board when I first committed,” she said.
“I’ve got about 25 different prizes for the multi-draw raffle I’m holding with $1200 worth of prizes, and then I’ve got a beautiful, handmade water colour painting donated by bush artists Belinda Williams.
“We’re also doing a Mindful Morning this Sunday at the Showgrounds, which will just be an hour of Yin Yoga and meditation for people to be able to breath and relax after the tough time that our community has faced.”
The Mindful Morning will start at 9.30am at the Warwick Show and Rodeo Society grounds. Participants are encouraged to head down at 9am.