Green thumbs-up for latest entrant

2011 Sunflower Festival entrant Jaime Chalmers.
2011 Sunflower Festival entrant Jaime Chalmers.

THE 2011 Sunflower Festival queen quest has uncovered another gem of an entrant.

Jaime Chalmers, hailing from the Gemfields, is the newest entrant in the fundraising event.

“I thought it was a good way to raise money and something I wanted to try for the experience,” Jaime said.

The 18-year-old has lived in the Central Highlands since she was one, growing up in Sapphire and being a student of Capricornia School of Distance Education for her early years of schooling.

For the rest of her education Jaime changed to Riverside Christian College, based in Maryborough, and studied by distance education, finishing Year 12 when she was 14.

“My teacher was mum so she had to refresh up on all her advanced chemistry (and) advanced physics to teach it to us,” Jaime said.

One of the aspects Jaime said she loved about growing up in the Central Highlands was fossicking for gems at the gemfields.

“My parents own a sapphire mine called Blue Hollow Mine and I’ve done that since I was young,” she said.

Since finishing school, Jaime has completed her Certificate four in property and plans to run her own real estate business one day.

Jaime is now completing a traineeship with the Central Highlands Regional Council, studying a Certificate three in horticulture.

As part of the traineeship, Jaime does gardening in town, particularly mowing, weeding, and planting.

“I just like being outside and gardening and planting,” she said about her job.

Jaime is fundraising for the Neighbourhood Centre and has held a successful St Patrick’s Day morning tea.

She also plans on organising a movie premiere.

“They are nice ladies who work there (at the Neighbourhood Centre) and they do a lot for the community and help out, for example Linking Alms for Christmas,” she said. “I want to raise a couple of thousand at least for them.

“It’s nice to see people donating to charities and it’s good to have events, like the Sunflower Festival, for the local community.”

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