FIVE young women have been selected to compete for the 2019 Golden Gateway Festival crown.
Each contestant chooses a charity to fund raise for ahead of the festival's opening gala on October 18, where one will be crowned as queen alongside the festival king, Phil Clark in front of the Ararat Town Hall.
The runner-up and Miss Charity will also be announced.
Interviews to select the queen will be held Friday October 18 with final judging to take place at the opening reception.
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Ms McDonald is a disability support worker and service supervisor at Woolworths.
She is fundraising for the charity Soldier On Australia and is sponsored by the Ararat RSL.
Her achievements to date include: house captaincy in primary and high school, Ararat College 2018 school captain, Caltex Best All Rounder scholarship, Macpherson Smith Young Community Leader scholarship.
Ms Burton is a stable hand at Rein Rescue, a horse rescue organisation.
She is fundraising for the Nawwi Children Trust Fund and is sponsored by Skinco. Ms Burton has volunteered with the elderly and with the Meals on Wheels program.
Her achievements include the Sports Achievement Award , House Captain badge, three leadership awards, and academic awards for mathematics and art.
Ms McCann works in retail and is fundraising for the Ararat Breast Cancer Support Group.
She is being sponsored by the Ararat Y's Menettes Club.
Her achievements include school and netball awards.
Ms McCann has volunteered with the Meals on Wheels program through her school, and enjoys netball, seeing her friends and make-up.
Ms Bendelle works at McDonald's Ararat and is fundraising for the Ararat Fire Brigade, which is also sponsoring her.
Her achievements include obtaining her Certificate III in First Aid, her barista certificate, highland dancing ribbons and more.
She has an extensive list of community service performed, including: Ararat Retirement Village, Ararat Junior Fire Brigade, volunteering with the Red Shield Appeal and more.
Ms Jones works at McDonald's Ararat and is fundraising for Ronald McDonald House. McDonald's is sponsoring her.
Ms Ewan-Jones has volunteered with the Country Fire Authority, assisted fellow students at school and visits Lowe Street nursing home. Her achievements include obtaining her CPR and food handling certificates, and a swimming medal.
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