KINROSS resident Paige Anderton says she is “little but fierce” and her passion for life started early.
The 26-year-old was born three months premature in 1992, raised by her single mother and ‘nonno’, her grandfather.
“Being from an Italian heritage family and looking after one another is something I hold close to my heart,” she said.
This year she is taking part in the Miss Premiere Elite Australia pageant because it “accepts diversity and women of all ages as they are”.
“I love the idea of being involved in the promotion of women and celebrating the little quirks that make us who we are everyday,” she said.
“I also love the idea that I can use my place in this pageant to raise money for the Cancer Council.
“Everyday individuals around Australia (and the world) are receiving the news that a loved one or themselves are diagnosed with cancer.
“It is such a horrible life changing disease for all of whom are affected and I would not wish this upon my worst enemy.
“To be able to raise money for such a reputable charity is something so close to my heart.”
Miss Anderton said she planned to host bake sale fundraisers, which she will promote through her Facebook page.
Donations can also be made at www.doitforcancer.com.au/fundraisers/paigeanderton.
She said she also wanted to help other people achieve their goals and was studying secondary education, majoring in physical education and health at ECU Joondalup.
“I have recently got back from representing the university in Sri Lanka,” she said.
“I am also a personal trainer by trade and just love being outdoors or at the park.”
The Miss Premiere Elite Australia pageant will be held at Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club on February 2 and tickets can be booked via www.eventbrite.com.au.