Harbour Festival Queen wears crown to work
By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au
ANNA Polkinghorne wore her tiara to work yesterday 'as a bit of a novelty' after being crowned the 2005 Gladstone Harbour Festival Queen.
'I really had no idea that I would win, it was certainly a close competition and I don't envy the judges for having to choose,' she said.
Anna said despite the rain it was a 'really good night' and she hoped she would be able to support this year's entrants.
'One girl has already entered this year's quest, we met her last night (Monday) and she definitely has the right attitude so I hope that I'll be able to help out the girls this year with the bit of drive I still have left in me,' she said.
Anna said she already had people stopping her in the street to congratulate her and was looking forward to the holiday to Heron Island she won.
Fundraising Queen Lisa Acton said while the quest was 'very, very full-on' she was surprised it was all over.
'You have to sacrifice so much, but at the end of the day it's only a year,' she said.
She said entrants had to be dedicated but that it was amazing to see the amount just a few individuals could raise when they put their minds to it.
'Even if I hadn't won, the sense of personal achievement is enough ? I can't believe that I raised almost $28,000 out of nothing, it's a huge amount of money and we're just normal people,'' she said.
'It may only be 30 per cent that goes to the Mater Oncology Unit (Lisa's chosen local charity) but it's money they wouldn't otherwise have had.'
Lisa said she was thrilled to win the car, but wasn't quite sure what she would do with it.
'I've got three cars now, so I think I might have to sell one!' she said.