Months of charity fund raising came to a fruitful close last week when the three entrants in the National Cherry Festival Queen-quest presented cheques to their charities.

At the start of the quest in August, entrants Julianne Duffey, Jade Nolan and Emma Blake all expressed a passion to support their chosen charities.

Julianne raised funds for the Lions Club, Jade chose the Variety Children’s Charity and Emma supported Motor Neurone Disease (MND) research.

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 wine tour, movie nights, open gardens, barefoot bowls night, disco, team sorting equestrian event and cook book sales.

A total of $22,919.80 was raised, with a percentage donated to the National Cherry Festival for next year’s 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.

If you’d like to consider entering and raising money for a local charity or organisation next year contact the Young Visitor Information Centre on 6382 3394 for more details.

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