Philanthropic cause spurs Miss Teen Australia finalist Jess Rowe


Jess Rowe is fundraising for the Cancer Council WA as part of her entry in Miss Teen Australia. Picture: Martin Kennealey           d456236
Jess Rowe is fundraising for the Cancer Council WA as part of her entry in Miss Teen Australia. Picture: Martin Kennealey         d456236

HILLARYS teenager Jess Rowe is hoping her philanthropic efforts win her a crown in a pageant based on more than just looks.

The 14-year-old is a finalist in Miss Teen Australia International and is busily fundraising for the Cancer Council WA.

Jess said she had a personal connection with the charity as her grandfather died from cancer more than 20 years ago and her grandmother survived breast cancer.

“I chose the Cancer Council because it’s close to my heart and cancer affects so many people and there are so many different types,” she said.

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She will travel to Sydney in November to compete against five other teenagers for the title and if she wins, will head to Florida for the international competition.

“I’m really excited because this is the first pageant I’ve done and I’m excited to meet the other contestants,” she said.

“I feel like it will boost my confidence and by doing it I will be a role model for other girls.”

Jess has raised $1000 by selling lolly bags and completing the Run for a Reason.

She aims to collect another $1000 and is hosting a movie screening of Bad Moms in Warwick on August 21 to reach the goal.

“It will be a fun afternoon with your friends, you’re helping the Cancer Council and all you need to do is buy a movie ticket,” she said.

Tickets cost $20 and include a raffle entry. Book at tinyurl.com/zqmzch2.