Bundy girls line up to raise funds

Wide Bay Australia Bundy Thunder Quest entrants Chloe Hart and Lauren Sutton are excited about fundraising for leukaemia.
Wide Bay Australia Bundy Thunder Quest entrants Chloe Hart and Lauren Sutton are excited about fundraising for leukaemia. Max Fleet

FOR the next three months an army of 17 girls will be hitting the streets with pyjama parties and golf days in an effort to raise funds as a part of the 2010 Miss Wide Bay Bundy Thunder Quest.

The entrants and their sponsors were announced at the quest launch function at the Sugarland Tavern.

For hospitality student Chloe Hart, 20, entering the competition meant she was able to cross an item off her “bucket list”.

“One of my friends went in it a few years ago and she had a heap of fun,” she said.

“That really inspired me and I've been waiting to do it since I was 16. This year I finally got myself together and ready to enter.”

Ms Hart has already organised a baby competition, a “What I want to be when I grow up” and started organising other events. “We haven't been able to do much yet but I've got a few ideas.”

Throughout the quest the entrants will raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland.

Towards the end of the competition the entrants will face a panel of judges who will ask them questions about Bundy Thunder, the Leukaemia Foundation and the Bundaberg region.

CQUniversity student and entrant Lauren Sutton, 17, is ready to start fundraising despite her spur of the moment decision to enter.

“It sounded like a bit of fun. I heard about it on the radio and I looked it up and decided it would be a good thing to do,” she said.

The former Bundaberg State High School student has arranged a ladies golf day and is raring to go.

“I'm very excited. I'm looking forward to pretty much all of it. I'm in it to win it.

“To begin with my aim was just to raise $5000 but now I've changed that to $10,000.”

The Bundy Thunder Quest winners will be announced at the Wide Bay Australia Bundy Thunder Pre-Race Party on Friday, November 5.

Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland regional community fundraiser and Quest co-ordinator Pat Hooper said the girls were prepared for hard work to raise as much money as possible.

“Last year we raised $55,000 and this year we are hoping to pass our highest ever total of $75,000,” she said.

Mrs Hooper said that over the next three months the girls would fundraise by doing “pretty much everything”.

“They've got things like cent sales, golf days, a skin and tonic pyjama party at The Waves - it just a huge time of fundraising.”

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