This year's Bundy Thunder Quest winner Amy Clements raised $27,620 for charity.
This year's Bundy Thunder Quest winner Amy Clements raised $27,620 for charity. Ron Burgin/News Mail

Quest entrants raise huge total

THE hard work of the nine Miss Wide Bay Australia Bundy Thunder Quest contestants was not outshone by the glitz and glamour at Saturday night’s pre-race party.

Leukaemia Foundation regional community fundraiser Pat Hooper said the $55,000 the girls had raised was a “phenomenal amount”.

“That is huge for nine entrants, last year we had 19 and raised $65,000,” she said.

This year’s winner Amy Clements, who is in Year 12 at St Luke’s Anglican School, was also named the charity winner.

“I had a target of $20,000 but I wasn’t sure that I would make that,” she said.

Eighteen-year-old Rachael See, who decided to enter the quest to give back to the community during her gap year between Year 12 and university, took home a swag of four awards — the best evening gown, the NewsMail people’s choice, the charity encouragement and the entrant’s choice awards.

“It felt really special that the girls thought so highly of me to vote me the entrant’s choice,” Ms See said.

Ms See’s gown, a strapless dress with a hand-beaded bodice and tulle overlay for the skirt, was a joint effort between Ms See and her mother.

“We actually had to dye the tulle because we could not get the right colour and we had to experiment with tea and coffee and it is actually coffee that we used,” she said.

The charity runner-up award was given to Courtney Dingle who raised $13,000.

The final award, the media award, will be announced on Saturday.

The Wide Bay Australia Bundy Thunder starts this Friday with a public meet and greet before racing begins in earnest on Saturday at 9am.

Admission is $20 a day and children under 12 are free.



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