Brain cancer inspires Ariel to aim for Miss Global title
SHE'S a girl on a mission, to not only win the title of Miss Global Australia but to help find a cure for brain cancer.
This week, 21-year-old Ariel Kelly was selected to compete at the national final for Miss Global Australia 2015 in Perth in June.
Miss Kelly is the cousin of Gladstone man Haydn Kelly, who last month married the love of his life thanks to the generous support of the Gladstone community.
During the day Miss Kelly works at an advertising and graphic design company, but this could all change in a matter of weeks.
"I got through to the finals last year but this year I'm even more excited," she said.
"It's a really competitive industry where only a handful of girls get to compete for the crown."
However, Miss Kelly had a flying start, being contacted directly to enter.
The competition will test the young hopefuls on beauty and brains.
"There's a beach beauty, fashion wear, evening wear and a charity component," she said.
While all the glitz and glam of the competition is tempting, it's the charity aspect that means the most to Miss Kelly.
She has chosen to fundraise for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation and the Cancer Council.
"As soon as they told me, I knew who I'd fundraise for," she said.
"Haydn Kelly, my cousin, had a brain tumour removed and has been told it is terminal.
"My grandfather also has had a recent scare with lung cancer.
"It's upsetting to talk about but I'm passionate about it and hopefully it will raise awareness."
Miss Kelly has a goal to raise at least $5000 for each organisation, but said there was no limit.
"I will be fundraising in Gladstone with the help of Haydn and Aunty Lisa," she said.
"I will also be running an event on the Gold Coast called Cocktails for Causes and I will be selling bottles of water to athletes in parks."
The winner of the June 6-7 competition will be flown to Trinidad to complete at the international final.