RAISING awareness of the conditions "out west" is one of the reasons Mikahla McCarthy chose to enter the Sunflower Queen Quest this year.
The 21-year-old said she hoped to gain confidence in public speaking during her time as an entrant as well as making people more aware of what's going on out west with the drought effecting many farmers and property owners.
Having grown up in Emerald, Mikahla has been to her fair share of Sunflower festivals and said she had wanted to enter the queen quest for quite a few years.
"I took part to raise money and be more involved in the community," she said.
"I get to meet new people who I may not have met if I didn't enter the quest."
Mikahla described her experience in the quest thus far as very rewarding.
"I am fundraising for a good cause and it's going to people who really need it," she said.
Mikahla is supporting the Western Queensland Drought Appeal, choosing the appeal because of the conditions the farmers are facing and the struggles they are going through.
It is a topic close to Mikahla's heart, having grown up in a rural area, she has had a small taste of what is involved living and working on a property.
Mikahla's family own a small hobby farm and her grandparents are on a property which Mikahla said afforded her a small insight into what the farmers are going through.
Mikahla juggles three jobs as a fully qualified florist, a chiropractic assistant and a waitress.
For your chance to meet Mikahla, she will be running a sausage sizzle and at Harvey Norman on Saturday and selling raffle tickets at the Lions Markets at Lions Park on Sunday.
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