Jessie Phelan is looking forward to taking part in the Sunflower Festival queen quest.
Jessie Phelan is looking forward to taking part in the Sunflower Festival queen quest. Rebekah Polley

Queen entrant to help scientists

JESSIE Phelan loves giving which is why she is taking part in this year’s Sunflower Festival.

“I was diagnosed with a brain tumour when I was three and recovering from that as I grew older, particularly in my high school years, I felt that need to give back to the community as the hospital staff did when I was ill,” she said.

“That’s my outlook on life - to give where I can.”

Jessie is fundraising for the Central Highlands Science Centre as “they’re an organisation which helps to broaden school-aged children’s fascination of science and all the fun and knowledge they can have and acquire from science”.

“I am raising money for the science centre to help them,” she said. “They were damaged in the floods and any money I can raise for them will help improve their facilities for the future and the Central Highlands can enjoy the science centre again.

“Whatever you can give is the greatest gift you can give to them.”

Jessie, who considers herself a local after living here for the past 15 years, works as an administration officer for Central Queensland University.

The 20-year-old has done a 12-month traineeship with Ergon Energy studying a Certificate 3 in business administration.

“It’s a very challenging role but it brings satisfaction in what I do and what I achieve in the role,” she said.

Jessie said she was taking part in the 2011 Sunflower Festival as it was an opportunity to experience a community event and give back to the community.

And it’s a community that she loves to be part of, describing the Central Highlands as friendly, where everyone knows everyone and is willing to help out, which was shown in the floods and clean-up and recovery.

Jessie is also part of the committee for the Emerald Touch Association in the role of junior development officer, looking after the primary school competitors.

“I am heavily involved with touch football. I love working with children, and school-aged kids playing touch - it’s their skills we’re enhancing and it’s rewarding,” she said.


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