CONGRATULATIONS: Angela Gee (right) with last year’s Lions Medical Research Personality Quest winner Yvonne Calligeros at the final.
CONGRATULATIONS: Angela Gee (right) with last year’s Lions Medical Research Personality Quest winner Yvonne Calligeros at the final. Contributed

Harrisville finally grabs Lions title

AFTER entering for 29 years, Harrisville Lions Club has finally taken out the grand final at a prestigious statewide competition.

Club president Mick Rashford said over the years the Lions had many quality entrants compete in the Lions Medical Research Personality Quest grand final but it was 21-year-old Angela Gee who finally came out on top.

"We've been waiting a very long time to get a grand final winner," Mr Rashford said.

"Angela took them all by storm and really stood out from the pack. She did Harrisville proud."

After fundraising for 12 months, Ms Gee was crowned Lions Medical Research Personality Quest winner 2015, beating 17 other contestants.

"I was so excited and shocked to win," she said.

The university student said she did everything from fun runs to community breakfasts to raise money for the Lions Medical Research Foundation.

"We even walked 30km from Harrisville to Boonah," she said.

"In total I raised $7000 and all the entrants raised $200,000 together, which is amazing."

Aside from winning a new car, Ms Gee also won the opportunity to represent the Lions Medical Research Foundation for the next 12 months.

"It's a cause I am really passionate about," she said.

"The foundation does such good work.

"The research of today is the cure of tomorrow.

"They provide seed funding to get a lot of medical research projects started."

Ms Gee said Professor Ian Frazer's cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil was just one of those projects the foundation helped fund.

"So many people don't know about the foundation so I hope to get the work out there," she said.

"I would definitely encourage others to contact their local Lions club and take part in the Miss Personality Quest.

"It's such an amazing and rewarding experience."

For more information visit lionsmedicalresearchpersonalityquest.org.au.


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