AN Atwell resident taking part in November’s Miss Australia International Pageant hopes to use the platform to promote mental health services.
Micaela Norcliffe (20) is among a handful of contestants flying to Sydney in November hoping to walk away with the win.
But she said the chance to raise awareness of a topic close to heart was just as important.
“beyondblue has been an important part of my life over the last five years,” she said.
“When diagnosed with depression and an anxiety disorder I went to beyondblue to try and learn more about the illness and I was able to talk to different people.
“beyondblue wasn’t just a great place to get information but also a place to get help and talk to a professional when I was feeling very low.”
She said winning the competition would help promote the service and its work assisting thousands of Australians.
Ms Norcliffe has used the lead up to the pageant to fundraise important dollars for the service.
So far she has raised $3300 through events she has organised – including a superhero ball, a casino night and a garage sale – and others including the HBF Run for a Reason.
“I am so excited about the competition,” she said.
“It’s been seven months in the making, seven months of fundraising, appearances, meeting new people in my community and much more.
“There are definitely nerves. I am going in wanting to win and I know I have so many people behind me and I just want to make everyone proud.”